President Trump kicked off the new year by setting his sights on the rogue nation of Pakistan. The 45th President of the United States wasted no time and took to to his Twitter account a few minutes past 7:00am Eastern time and let loose on the terrorists, those who harbor them, and the question of financial aid from the United States.
In August, President Trump said that the “next pillar” of his strategy for combating Islamic terrorism would involve a “change [to the United States’] approach to Pakistan.”
Check it out, per Breitbart:
If the complete termination of U.S. foreign aid does indeed become official policy, it would be a far more dramatic step than withholding all or part of America’s $255 million in military assistance to Pakistan, a measure reportedly under consideration by the administration over the past few days after Pakistan refused to allow U.S. interrogators access to a captured terrorist from the hostage-taking Haqqani network.
The Trump administration withheld $50 million in military aid to Pakistan over the summer because it felt Islamabad was not doing enough to bring down the Taliban and the Haqqani Network. There was some criticism at the time that despite his strong complaints about Pakistan refusing to help fight the Taliban or even actively colluding with it, Trump was dealing more harshly with Egypt over human rights violations by its government.
Cutting off financial support to Pakistan isn’t a novel idea or even one that the Trump administration hasn’t used before… Trump, unlike his predecessor, understands the value of an American dollar…
On Thursday, Pakistani military spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor warned the United States against taking “unilateral” military action on its soil and denied his country was not doing enough to fight the Taliban and its allies, promising that the results of Pakistan’s counterterrorism operations would be “seen in subsequent years and months.”
“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” the president said over the summer. ”These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide – that no place is beyond the reach of American arms.”
We are with you President Trump! God bless the United States of America…
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