When Donald Trump got elected, he made a promise about saving us money like no president had before, and now, he is following through with it.
As Freedom Daily reported, the U.S. State Department made an announcement about officially suspending $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes decisive action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups operating inside their country.
This reflected President Trump’s frustration that Pakistan has not taken action against the two groups, that according to Washington, uses sanctuaries and safe spaces in the country to launch attacks in Afghanistan that kill American troops.
One of the affected categories of funding would be foreign military financing, which funds purchases of U.S. military hardware, training and services, and the other are supposed to be coalition support funds, which reimburse Pakistan for the failed counter-terrorism operations of theirs.
According to State Department officials, the suspension did not affect civilian aid to Pakistan in any way, and the money could go through in case Islamabad took decisive action against the terrorist groups in question.
The president tweeted the following about this:
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. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
Khawaja M. Asif, Pakistan’s foreign minister, tweeted the following as a response to President Trump’s tweet:
We will respond to President Trump's tweet shortly inshallah…Will let the world know the truth..difference between facts & fiction..
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) January 1, 2018
Our president hinted at withholding aid during a national security address last month – this is what he said Dec. 18:
“We have made clear to Pakistan – while we desire continued partnership, we have to see decisive action against terrorist groups operating over there. We make huge payments to Pakistan annually. They simply have to help.”