Trump To Cut Aid To Pakistan In Response To ‘Lies’ And ‘Deceit’

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President Donald Trump used his first tweet of the new year to announce that his administration would cease giving aid to Pakistan amid concerns that the Middle Eastern country continues to harbor dangerous terrorists despite the substantial payments.

“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,” he wrote. “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

While it is not clear how soon Trump would cut Pakistan off from U.S. foreign aid or whether the suspension of payments would be completely or partially halted, the president in August suggested that the “next pillar” of his administration’s fight against terror would center on Pakistan.

“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,” he said in a speech outlining his revised approach to the war in Afghanistan, marking the strongest public condemnation of Pakistan by a U.S. president since the war began.

“These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide – that no place is beyond the reach of American arms,” Trump added.

Over the summer, the Trump administration opted to withhold $50 million in military aid for Pakistan amid concerns that the country was not doing enough to fight Taliban and the Haqqani Network, which U.S. officials describe as the top threats to American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Trump also took to Twitter on Monday to blast both his predecessor and Iran’s Islamic Republic in one fell swoop: “Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!”

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