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Donald Trump accuses Pakistan of lying, halts all aids

02 January 2018

Meanwhile, Pakistan had no official comment but Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted that his government was preparing a response that 'will let the world know the truth'.

"[Pakistan] as anti-terror ally has given free to USA: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust", Pakistan's defense minister, Khurram Dastgir-Khan, said on Twitter.

United States officials told the newspaper that the Americans demanded access to the man who they feel might have valuable information about the whereabouts of at least one other American hostage.

In a scathing attack, Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the U.S. but "lies and deceit" in return for Dollars 33 billion aid and said Islamabad has provided "safe haven" to terrorists.

An announcement from Trump was around the corner as reports emerged a couple of days ago saying the administration was strongly considering to withhold the $255 million in aid to Pakistan, reflecting dissatisfaction with Islamabad's inaction against terror networks.

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The US administration continues to review Pakistan's level of cooperation, the official said. "Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to USA: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust".

It was not immediately clear why Trump opted to tweet on Pakistan.

Lawmaker Hina Butt said Trump's criticism was "baseless".

And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote an op-ed article for the New York Times published Thursday stating that "we are prepared to partner with Pakistan to defeat terrorist organizations seeking safe havens, but Pakistan must demonstrate its desire to partner with us". "I'm proud to see our president take bold steps to put America first", Mullin said. Samantha Vinograd, CNN's national security analyst spoke in favour of Trump's move. "Great start. Why give millions to countries who would harbor our enemies?"

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Donald Trump accuses Pakistan of lying, halts all aids