Trump says U.S. has gotten ‘nothing’ from Pakistan aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump explained on Monday the United States has “foolishly” handed Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid around the final 15 many years whilst having very little in return, and pledged to place a cease to it.

“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with minor assist. No far more!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The United States has foolishly supplied Pakistan much more than 33 billion pounds in assist in excess of the past 15 years, and they have provided us nothing but lies & deceit, imagining of our leaders as fools.”

A Countrywide Safety Council formal on Monday reported the White Property does not program to send out $255 million in support to Pakistan “at this time” and explained “the administration carries on to review Pakistan’s amount of cooperation.” In August, the administration experienced reported it was delaying the payment.

Pakistan’s international minister, Khawaja M. Asif, wrote on Twitter “We will respond to President Trump’s tweet shortly inshallah…Will permit the earth know the fact..distinction amongst info & fiction.”

It was not instantly very clear what prompted Trump’s criticism of Pakistan but he has extended complained that Islamabad is not doing ample to deal with Islamist militants.

The New York Occasions noted on Dec. 29 that U.S. officials experienced sought but been denied accessibility to a member of the Taliban-connected Haqqani network captured in Pakistan who most likely could provide information about at least one particular American hostage.

In countering U.S. criticism, Pakistan says it has launched military services operations to push out militants from its soil and that 17,000 Pakistanis have died preventing militants or in bombings and other assaults given that 2001.

Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Middle, cautioned that people need to not “overstate the importance of Trump’s tweet for plan.”

Kugelman observed Trump tweeted in October that relations with Pakistan were increasing, when some gurus prompt they were not.

“Still, this is an administration that has repeatedly vowed to get a more challenging line and has strongly deemed an support cut. So was Trump’s tweet meant to preview a coming change in policy? I’d definitely wager on the chance,” Kugelman stated.

In a speech very last month in Afghanistan to U.S. troops, Vice President Mike Pence claimed “for as well very long Pakistan has provided risk-free haven to the Taliban and quite a few terrorist businesses, but people times are more than. President Trump has set Pakistan on detect.”

Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s ambassador in Washington, said in a Twitter putting up that Trump’s tweet was a “promising information to Afghans who have suffered at the palms of terrorists based in Pakistan for considerably too very long.”

U.S. Senator Rand Paul reported on Twitter he would lead the cost in the Senate to close help to Pakistan. “Let’s make this materialize,” he stated.

The Pakistan embassy in Washington did not quickly reply to a ask for for comment on Monday.

Reporting by David Shepardson Supplemental reporting by Roberta Rampton in West Palm Seaside, Florida and David Brunnstrom in Washington Modifying by James Dalgleish and Andrea Ricci


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