Donald Trump slams Pakistan for 'lies', 'deceit'

Trump Accuses Pakistan Of 'Lies And Deceit,' Threatens To Pull Billions In Aid
Donald Trump slams Pakistan for 'lies', 'deceit'
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02 January, 2018

Earlier in the day, Trump gave a strong message to Pakistan when he said his nation "foolishly" gave more than 33 billion dollars in aid for the past 15 years but the south Asian nation only provided safe heavens to terrorists.

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Of foremost concern is Islamabad's attitude toward the powerful Haqqani network, accused of some of the most lethal attacks on United States forces in Afghanistan and dubbed by America's former top military officer Mike Mullen as a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence.

According to the report, the USA has given Pakistan approximately $33 billion United States in aid since 2002.

"The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in FY 2016 foreign military financing for Pakistan at this time", a National Security Council spokesman said.

Trump, who departs Florida for Washington on Monday, began 2018 by slamming Pakistan in an angry tweet. Trump also said that U.S. operations in Afghanistan were being hindered by the "safe haven" that Pakistan was providing to terrorists.

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Instead of letting the differences heal, the U.S. president wrote his first tweet of 2018 in the form of a rant against Pakistan.

"The Pakistani government's cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America's wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region", he said in a statement. "We can reasonably argue that Trump administration's decision today has abundantly vindicated India's stand as far as terror is concerned and as far as Pakistan's role in perpetrating terror is concerned", said Minister of State Jitendra Singh.

As part of that, the USA has been giving Pakistan aid in the form of money as well as weapons and technology - often at subsidised costs - to combat terrorism on its soil. He also expressed a desire to see India - Pakistan's arch rival - become a closer partner.

And in late December, Vice President Mike Pence told American troops during a visit to Afghanistan, "President Trump has put Pakistan on notice". And we make massive payments every year to Pakistan.

But trust between the two countries has been shaky.

According to the Express Tribune, Pakistan's foreign office on Monday summoned the USA envoy to lodge its protest against the tweet.


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