Trump slams Pakistan for 'lies & deceit' in New Year's tweet
Jan. 2, 2018 at 12:21 a.m.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan for "lies & deceit" in a New Year's Day tweet that said Islamabad had played U.S. leaders for "fools."
"No more," Trump tweeted.
Trump in his tweet said the U.S. had given Pakistan $33 billion in the past 15 years, yet Afghanistan and the U.S. have long accused Pakistan of providing safe havens for militants.
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's Urdu language Geo Television quoted Asif as saying: "We have already said 'no more' to America, so Trump's 'no more' has no importance. We are ready to give all account for every single penny to America in public."
Asif said Trump's tweet was borne out of frustration and that the United States should pursue dialogue with Afghanistan's insurgents rather than military force.
"America is frustrated over defeat in Afghanistan. America should take the path of dialogue instead of using military might in Afghanistan," Asif was quoted as saying.
The Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Hamdullah Mohib welcomed Trump's tweet.
"A promising message to Afghans who have suffered at the hands of terrorists based in Pakistan for far too long," Mohib tweeted.
The uneasy relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been on a downward spiral since the 2011 U.S. operation that located and killed Osama bin Laden in the military garrison town of Abbottabad.