It is not clear why the president chose the Central Asian country as the target to launch the year. The New York Times reported that the White House could withhold $ 225 million in aid due to its alleged negligence in containing terrorist networks.
In his first tweet this 2018, US President Donald Trump attacked Pakistan on Monday for his “lies and deceptions” and for” sheltering the terrorists ” that Washington is pursuing.
“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 and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump tweeted.
“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” He added.
The New York Times reported on Friday that the White House could withhold about $ 225 million in aid from the Central Asian country due to its alleged negligence to contain terrorist networks.
In mid-December, Trump presented his new national security strategy and urged Pakistan to take “decisive action” against terrorism.
“We have made it clear to Pakistan that although we want to continue working, we must see decisive action against the terrorist groups that operate in its territory, we make massive payments every year to Pakistan, they have to help,” Trump said at the time.
Relationship between Pakistan and the United States cooled after Trump’s accusations in August that the Pakistani authorities allow the presence of terrorist groups in neighboring countries in their territory.
The United States and Afghanistan have accused Pakistan for years of harboring the Red Haqqani Taliban faction , which is targeting Afghan and US troops, but no US leader had spoken so harshly about the Asian country.
Pakistan denies those accusations and suspended official visits between both countries after words from Trump.