Pakistan fires back at Trump: US has given nothing but ‘invective & mistrust'

Pakistan fires back at Trump: US has given nothing but ‘invective & mistrust'
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Pakistan fired back at President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE on Monday, saying the U.S. has given it “nothing but invective & mistrust” after Trump lashed out at the country and threatened to withhold aid in an early morning tweet.

“[Pakistan] as anti-terror ally has given free to US: 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.

“They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis,” he added.

In his first tweet of 2018, Trump blasted Pakistan, saying its leaders have given the U.S. “nothing but lies & deceit.”


Last week, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration was considering withholding $225 million in aid from Pakistan over the country’s handling of terrorism.

In August, Trump unveiled a new U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan aimed at defeating the Taliban and the Haqqani network, an affiliated group that operates in Pakistan.

Trump said then that Pakistan "gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror." He also vowed the administration would be tougher on the country.