Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid

Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid

United States President Donald Trump began the New Year by sending an angry, early morning tweet criticising Pakistan slamming previous U.S. governments for "foolishly" giving Pakistan $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years.

In August the Trump administration said that it was withholding the $255 million until Pakistan did more to crackdown on terrorist groups.

Following Trump's threat to punish Islamabad for its failure to cooperate on counterterrorism operations and the accusation of giving "safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror", the relations between two countries have spoiled.

The US President wrote that they foolishly gave over 33 billion dollars in aid to Pakistan over the past 15 years.

However, many in the U.S. felt betrayed when al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden - the most-wanted terrorist who masterminded the 9/11 terror attacks - was found hiding in Pakistan in 2011.

Trump claims that the United States of America "foolishly" gave more than 33 billion dollars to Pakistan in aid and said that in return, Pakistan considered American leaders fools.

"They (Pakistan) have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help". Trump said that he would stop it. Trump often has made broad statements which hasn't resulted in coherent policy decisions.

Pakistan's military on Thursday warned the U.S. against the possibility of taking unilateral action against armed groups on its soil, in its strongest response yet to tensions between the two allies. What else do more Afghanistan or the United States need from Pakistan? Trump also said the United States wanted India to help more with Afghanistan, especially in the areas of economic assistance and development.

"We can no longer be silent about Pakistan s safe havens for terrorist organizations", Trump declared, outlining a new U.S. security strategy in South Asia.

Trump had outlined his new strategy in South Asia and declared, "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations".



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