Trump’s tweet in full: “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 & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Let’s hope he follows through on this and cuts off the jizya flow to Pakistan. If he does, it will be a cause for celebration. For years I’ve been calling for an end to aid to Pakistan and a reconfiguration of our international alliances to reflect the reality of the global jihad. At last such issues are even being discussed in the White House.
“‘No More!’: Trump Says US Got Only ‘Lies’ From Pak For Billions In Aid,” NDTV, January 1, 2018:
US President Donald Trump ripped into Pakistan on Monday, declaring on Twitter that American governments had over the last 15 years “foolishly” given 33 billion dollars in aid to Islamabad that gave “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan”.
“No more!” the US President tweeted, days after he singled out Pakistan for criticism in announcing his national security strategy last month. “We make massive payments every year to Pakistan… They have to help,” he had said at the launch of the security strategy just a few days earlier.
The use of a much harsher language in Donald Trump’s early morning tweet on Monday – his first of the year – suggests an end to the debate within his administration and the decision to deliver on his threat to punish Islamabad for failing to cooperate on counterterrorism. For now.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif delivered his response minutes later, also on Twitter.
“We will respond to President Trump’s tweet shortly inshallah…Will let the world know the truth… difference between facts and fiction,” Mr Asif said.
Vivvek Katju, former Ambassador to Afghanistan, told NDTV that Donald Trump’s tweet “is a reflection of his frustration and impatience”.
Hoping for more consistency in the US administration’s approach to Pakistan in future, Mr Katju said the Americans must blame themselves.
Rather than applying consistent and increasing pressure, the Trump administration had more or less adopted the policy of old US administration in going backwards and forwards and giving Pakistan rope. “And Pakistan is a master at playing the Americans,” he said….
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