US foolishly gave aid to Pakistan for 15 years, they gave us only lies, deceit: Trump

Posting his first tweet of 2018, Trump wrote: “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."

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: January 2, 2018 11:39 am
Donald Trump, US aid to Pakistan, US to withdraw aid to Pakistan, US funds to Pakistan, Pakistan terror haven, US south asia policy, Afghanistan war, donald trump tweet, US news US President Donald Trump Monday said that his country has “foolishly” given Pakistan more than billion in aid over the last 15 years (Source: AP Photo/File)

In what is arguably the most severe public indictment ever of Pakistan by a US President, Donald Trump Monday said that his country has “foolishly” given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years and has got nothing in return but “lies & deceit”.

Posting his first tweet of 2018, Trump wrote: “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!”

Trump’s tweet was posted at 5.42 pm IST Monday, and retweeted by more than 14,200 Twitter accounts and liked by more than 34,000 within an hour.

Responding to the remarks, Pakistan’s foreign minister Khwaja M Asif tweeted at 6.36 pm IST: “We will respond to President Trump’s tweet shortly inshallah…will let the world know the truth…difference between facts and fiction.”

Later, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the US Hamdullah Mohib tweeted, “President @realDonaldTrump’s first tweet of 2018. A promising message to Afghans who have suffered at the hands of terrorists based in Pakistan for far too long.”

Trump’s tweet comes 10 days after US Vice President Mike Pence, during a surprise visit to Afghanistan, said, “For too long has Pakistan provided safe haven to the Taliban and many terrorist organisations, but those days are over… President Trump has put Pakistan on notice.”

The tweet marks a remarkable turnaround from last October when Trump thanked Pakistan for rescuing an American-Canadian family from the Haqqani terror network. But sources in New Delhi pointed to the “continuity” in Trump’s approach since his administration unveiled its South Asia strategy last August and National Security Strategy in December.

On August 14, the US President tweeted: “Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders, I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts.”

In his South Asia speech on August 21, Trump said, “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond… Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists.”

In its National Security Strategy released on December 19, the US said it will “press” Pakistan to intensify counter-terrorism efforts and encourage Islamabad to demonstrate that it is a “responsible steward” of its nuclear assets.

The strategy said that the US continues to face threats from “transnational terrorists and militants operating from within Pakistan”.

“We seek a Pakistan that is not engaged in destabilising behaviour and a stable and self-reliant Afghanistan… We will insist that Pakistan take decisive action against militant and terrorist groups operating from its soil,” the strategy said.

“The prospect for an Indo-Pakistani military conflict that could lead to a nuclear exchange remains a key concern requiring consistent diplomatic attention,” it said.

Responding to the US strategy, Pakistan’s foreign ministry had said, “Pakistan rejects such unfounded accusations that belie facts on ground and trivialize Pakistan’s efforts for fighting terrorism and our unmatched sacrifices to promote peace and stability in the region.”

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  1. Babu Indian
    Jan 2, 2018 at 11:17 am
    If/when muslims become majority in India , will India remain secular . The answer is obvious , it will become a non secular islamic country like Pakistan . There may be a few secular muslim places , but these are because of the Europeans , India is a poor ,South Asian, highly populous country . If/when muslims become majority , it will become a fundamentalist islamic state like Somalia or Taliban . Today despite its poverty and chaos , India is an IT and industrial powerhouse , Google/Microsoft/Pepsi/.... CEO are Indian whereas Pakistan is a terrorist hub . What is the basic difference between Pakistan and India , apart from the fact that Pakistan is islamic and India is Hindu majority (as of now ) .
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    1. Babu Indian
      Jan 2, 2018 at 11:16 am
      If/when muslims become majority in India , will India remain secular . The answer is obvious , it will become a non secular islamic country like Pakistan . There may be a few secular muslim places , but these are because of the Europeans , India is a poor ,South Asian, highly populous country . If/when muslims become majority , it will become a fundamentalist islamic state like Somalia or Taliban . Today despite its poverty and chaos , India is an IT and industrial powerhouse , Google/Microsoft/Pepsi/.... CEO are Indian whereas Pakistan is a terrorist hub . What is the basic difference between Pakistan and India , apart from the fact that Pakistan is islamic and India is Hindu majority (as of now ) .
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      1. Narendra M. Apte
        Jan 2, 2018 at 8:48 am
        1. When Mr. Donald Trump took over as President of United States of America, it was expected that he would act tough against Pakistan. But this did not happen. That was perhaps because there is a strong pro-Pakistan lobby in the US administration. 2. Latest tweet of President Trump indicates that he is really serious about reviewing aid to Pakistan. Whether the American President and the USA administration do that actually or not would be clear in a couple of months. 3. India, many democratic countries in Europe, Japan, Australia, and of course USA are well aware of fact that Pakistani Army and other government establishments in Pakistan provide strategic and financial assistance to terror outfits like LeT, JeM and Pakistani Taliban. Still, Pakistan has so far succeeded in ensuring that American aid never gets affected. Is it time for a change in this? No one can say.
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        1. gomathi raghavan
          Jan 2, 2018 at 8:33 am
          It is a well known fact that funds were used to trigger unrest terrorism in sub continent. it is a measure in right direction and would restore peace in the region
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          1. Indian Singh
            Jan 2, 2018 at 8:27 am
            PA-KIS have been treating USA as the "GOOSE THAT LAYS GOLDEN BILLIONS" $" every year. The PA-KI DOUBLE GAME of sponsoring JIHADIS against USA in Afghanistan while taking BILLIONS from USA has been on for a long time. The present US President, Mr TRUMP who is a smart and shrewd Businessman seen through the DOUBLE GAME and has shown the courage to CALL a SPADE a SPADE to call the PA-KI BLUFF. If PA-KI ARMY stops treating the PAK favoured JIHADI GROUPS as the STRATEGIC ASSETS, the TERRORIST VIOLENCE in AFPAK will end in just ONE YEAR. ............. It can be achieved only by TWISTING the HANDS of PA-KI ARMY. The more PA-KI ARMY is forced to act against JIHADIS, the faster will the elimination of JIHADIS in AFPAK.
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