Trump launches another attack on Pak in his first tweet of 2018
WASHINGTON (92 News) – United States President Donald Trump on Monday accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit”, saying the US was “foolish” to have given the country more than $33bn in aid.
The US President launched the attack in his first tweet of 2018, claiming Pakistan “give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt” and think “of our leaders as fools”.
Trump wrote: “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.
“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
‘We will respond to Trump’s recent tweet’
Responding to the allegations of the US president, Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif has said that we will shortly respond to Donald Trump’s recent tweet regarding Pakistan.
In a tweet message, he said we will let the world know the truth and the difference between facts and fiction.
Relations between the US and Pakistan have soured since Mr Trump entered the White House.
Earlier last year the US President announced a “a change in our approach to Pakistan”, which he claimed “often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror”.
In a speech in Washington in August, he said: “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.
“Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor terrorists.”
Last week, a report published in The New York Times reported that the Trump administration was seriously weighing whether to withhold $255 million in already delayed aid to Islamabad over its failure to better crack down on terror groups in Pakistan.
Trump had already hinted that he may cut off the aid for good. “We make massive payments every year to Pakistan. They have to help,” he said in unveiling his national security strategy.
And last week, Vice President Mike Pence told American troops during a visit to Afghanistan: “President Trump has put Pakistan on notice.”
US-Pakistani ties have taken a nosedive under Trump, who in August declared that “Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.”