Donald Trump Kicks off the New Year by Upsetting Pakistan
Jan 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
Trump, on Monday, tore into Pakistan accusing it of giving nothing to the USA but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for aid over the last 15 years thinking of American leaders as "fools".
Before his departure for the capital, he fired angry tweets at Iran and Pakistan, slamming Islamabad for "lies & deceit" and saying the country had played U.S. leaders for "fools", a reference to frustrations that Pakistan isn't doing enough to control militants.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, asked during a regular briefing about Mr Trump's tweet, did not mention the U.S. but defended Pakistan's contributions in counter-terrorism, saying: "We have said many times that Pakistan has put forth great effort and made great sacrifices in combating terrorism".
The uneasy relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been on a downward spiral since the 2011 US operation that located and killed Osama bin Laden in the military garrison town of Abbottabad.
Pakistan does not have any safe haven for terrorists, he said.
Trump initially accused Islamabad of "sheltering terrorists" when he unveiled United States strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia in August 2017.
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The Trump administration has already withheld $255 million in military aid - part of a $1.1 billion package approved by US Congress in 2016.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a series of tweets said "the United States was no longer interested in defeating terrorism".
Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor told local Geo TV Wednesday that the country would like to continue working with the USA but will not "compromise on national interests and prestige". 'We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism'. In her meeting with the media to outline the United States priorities for 2018, Haley, who represents the administration's hawkish positions, mentioned Pakistan's terror ties as the third area of concern after Iran and North Korea. A spokesperson for the US Embassy in Islamabad confirmed the meeting took place.
"A ruler surrendered in a single phone call, our country, we went through the worst bloodbath", said Asif.
USA ambassador to the United NationsNikki Haley speaks during a brief press availability at United Nations headquarters, January 2, 2018 in New York City.
After the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States, Washington forged a strategic alliance with Islamabad to help in its fight against extremists. He slammed Islamabad on Monday for "lies & deceit", saying the country had played USA leaders for "fools", by not doing enough to control Islamic militants.
During the first-ever trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan here last week, Beijing had announced plans to extend the CPEC to Afghanistan which shares close ties with India.
Protesters gathered at District Council Chowk in Faisalabad and a group staged a protest at Jinnah Chowk in Sukkur among other cities to condemn Trump's allegations against Pakistan.