Pakistan’s government called for a meeting with U.S. Ambassador David Hale the day after President Donald Trump blasted its government in a tweet Monday morning.
Trump said it is time the U.S. stop giving Pakistan money in the tweet and claimed the country has given shelter for terrorists from Afghanistan. He said that the country has only given “lies & deceit” in return for U.S. aid. The president’s tweet sparked instant reaction from Pakistan, as the government summoned Hale to its foreign office Monday to explain Trump’s tweet, according to Reuters.
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
Trump cut off funding to Pakistan, according to a National Security Council official who told Fox News Monday that the White House has decided to hold the $255 million of approved aide to Pakistan.
“The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in [Fiscal Year] 2016 Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time,” the National Security Council official said.
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