Trump To Cut Off Pakistan From US Aid For Terror Support

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

The White House is set to announce a major cut of security assistance aid to Pakistan for its continued support of terrorist organizations, Reuters reports.

The cuts were foreshadowed by President Donald Trump earlier this week who expressed extreme frustration with previous aid to the country over the last two decades. Pakistan continues to harbor the leadership of the Afghan Taliban, the main U.S. adversary in Afghanistan. The country also provides safe haven to other terrorist organizations.

Trump’s South Asia strategy announced in August emphasized that Pakistan would be held accountable for terror support in Afghanistan, where the president also authorized the deployment of thousands of additional U.S. troops. Trump pledged not to withdraw troops from the country until conditions on the ground merited a withdrawal.

Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson told reporters in late November Pakistan has not implemented any significant changes in its support for violent terrorist organizations in recent months despite the new strategy. The president’s aid cut is likely in response to the country’s intransigence.

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