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World ‘No more!’ Trump tweets to Pakistan, accusing it of ‘lies & deceit’

02:01  02 january  2018
02:01  02 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

Perils abroad, full plate at home, as Trump opens 2nd year

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Pakistan 's defense minister responded angrily Monday to an early-morning tweet by President Trump that accused America's once-close ally of " lies & deceit In his first tweet of the new year, Trump had said the United States had "foolishly" given Pakistan billion in aid over the last 15 years

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Khawaja Muhammad Asif wearing a suit and tie: Pakistan’s foreign minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif (shown here at a Dec. 26 metting in Beijing) promised to give a full accounting of how U.S. aid has been spent. © Pilipey/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock/Pilipey/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock Pakistan’s foreign minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif (shown here at a Dec. 26 metting in Beijing) promised to give a full accounting of how U.S. aid has been spent. ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's defense minister responded angrily Monday to an early-morning tweet by President Trump that accused America's once-close ally of "lies & deceit," countering that the United States had given Pakistan "invective and mistrust" in return.

In his first tweet of the new year, Trump had said that the United States had "foolishly" given Pakistan $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, "and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools."

Trump administration to continue to withhold military aid to Pakistan

  Trump administration to continue to withhold military aid to Pakistan The White House said Monday that it will continue to withhold $255 million in military aid to Pakistan out of frustration over what it has characterized as Islamabad's obstinance in confronting terrorist networks. "The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in FY 2016 foreign military financing for Pakistan at this time," a National Security Council spokesman said.

Pakistan 's defense minister responded angrily Monday to an early-morning tweet by President Donald Trump that accused America's once-close ally of " lies & deceit ," countering that the United Trump wrote further: "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more !"

Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of “ lies and deceit ”, saying America was foolish to have given Islamabad more than bn in aid. No more !” The tweet on Monday comes in the aftermath of heightened tensions between Washington and Islamabad since the summer, when the US president

Trump wrote further: "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" 

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Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir-Khan hit back on Twitter, writing that Pakistan, as an "anti-terror ally" of the United States, had given Washington land and air communication, military bases and intelligence cooperation that "decimated Al-Qaeda over the last 16yrs" while America "has given us nothing but invective and mistrust."

Officials in the country's capital scrambled to arrange a cabinet meeting to be held Tuesday to adopt a response to the Twitter attack, while Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said in an interview on Geo television that the country is ready to publicly provide an accounting of "every detail" of U.S. aid it has received.

Pakistan holds emergency meeting after Trump's tweet

  Pakistan holds emergency meeting after Trump's tweet Pakistan's government held an emergency security meeting on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of "lies and deceit" in a New Year's Day tweet.Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the National Security Council meeting, attended by the country's Foreign, Interior and Defense ministers, along with chiefs of staff of the army, navy and air force.

Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of “ lies and deceit ”, saying America was foolish to have given Islamabad more than bn in aid. In his first tweet of the new year, Trump had said that the United States had "foolishly" given Pakistan billion in aid over the last 15 years, "and they have given us

President Donald Trump threatened to end U.S. foreign aid for Pakistan Monday in his first tweet of 2018 -- a move that comes Reaching more than 95 million households worldwide, MSNBC offers a full schedule of live news coverage, political opinions and award-winning documentary programming

Pakistan was already doing all it could to combat terrorism within its borders, he said.

"We have already told the U.S. that we will not do more, so Trump's 'no more' does not hold any importance," Asif said.

But a National Security Council spokesman told CNN that the White House has decided to continue to withhold $255 million in military assistance from fiscal year 2016. That payment has been on hold since August, out of the Trump administration's insistence that Pakistan do more to crack down on extremists who threaten Afghanistan.

"Pakistan's actions in support of the South Asia strategy will ultimately determine the trajectory of our relationship, including future security assistance," the spokesman told the network.

The tense exchanges followed days of speculation that the Trump administration -- dissatisfied with the way Pakistan has dealt with the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network and other terrorist groups -- was set to dramatically reduce aid to the South Asian nation, long a key partner in the region.

Trump's Belligerence Toward Pakistan Isn't Unreasonable

  Trump's Belligerence Toward Pakistan Isn't Unreasonable On Tuesday, Trump administration officials joined the president to criticize Pakistan’s commitment to Afghanistan’s stability, accusing Islamabad of playing “a double game for years.” The comments by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, H.R. McMaster, the national-security-adviser, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House spokesperson, are likely to increase the pressure on Pakistan, which is still smarting over the president’s first tweet of the year: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.

In the tweet , Trump accused Pakistan – a key U.S. anti-terrorism ally — of taking American leaders for "fools" and providing terrorists from 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

Tweet with a location. You can add location information to your Tweets , such as your city or billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit , thinking of our leaders as fools. Pakistan lost more than 70 thousand real human lives in the fight against terrorism.

We shouldn't overstate the policy significance of this tweet," said Michael Kugelman, deputy director for the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. "It's more likely to be an expression of frustration or a statement of intent rather than an actual declaration of a new policy."

According to a November report from the Congressional Research Service, the United States has appropriated $34 billion in direct aid and military reimbursements for Pakistan since 2002, with proposed security and economic assistance at $345 million for this fiscal year. That number is a significant decrease from the $526 million allotted in fiscal year 2017.

In India, news of Trump's tweet was met with celebration in some quarters, a healthy dose of skepticism in others. Analysts pointed out that in October Trump had tweeted that the administration was "starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders."

This worried Indian officials who had hoped Trump would be taking a stronger stance on Pakistan.

The good will appears to have flagged for a variety of reasons; administration officials, for example, were reportedly not happy that Pakistan freed Hafiz Mohammad Saeed from house arrest in November. The Islamist cleric -- who led the militant group that conducted the terror attack on Mumbai in 2008, which left more than 160 civilians dead -- had been arrested last January.

Last month, during a visit to Afghanistan, Vice President Mike Pence had issued a warning to the country, saying that Trump had "put Pakistan on notice" that it has provided a "safe haven" for terrorist groups. "Those days are over," Pence said.

Gowen reported from New Delhi.

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