On the first day of 2018, President Trump was hard at work, and as political revolution and a demand for freedom continue to sweep the Middle East, he announced that the United States would no longer be sending millions of dollars to Pakistan.
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years,” said President Trump, who said that in return, America has been given “nothing but lies and deceit.”
President Trump tweeted that Pakistan thinks of United States leadership as “fools,” and pointed out that they also provide sanctuary to Islamic terrorists from across the Middle East.
“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help,” Trump said, adding, “No more!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
In an interview with Fox News, a member of the National Security Council stated that “The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in 2016 Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time.”
The official went on to say that “[Trump] has made clear that the United States expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists and militants on its soil.”
“Pakistan’s actions in support of the South Asia Strategy will ultimately determine the trajectory of our relationship, including future security assistance,” added the official, who said that the Trump administration would “review Pakistan’s level of cooperation.”