The U.S. President Donald Trump defended his administration’s decision to stop hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying that the country does not do “a damn thing” for the United States.
Speaking in an interview with Fox News Trump said: “We give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year… [Bin Laden] lived in Pakistan, we were supporting Pakistan, we were giving them $1.3 billion a year — which we do not give them any more, by the way. I ended it because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us.”
Washington believes that Islamabad is granting safe haven to insurgents as it “helped terror leader Osama Bin Laden hide there,” who are waging a 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan denies saying the country also been a victim of terrorism.
Trump stressed that Pakistan has done very little to assist the U.S. in its ‘War on Terror’, despite receiving billions of dollars aid from the U.S.
This comes as, in September, the Pentagon canceled $300 million aid to Pakistan that had been suspended due to Islamabad’s perceived lack of action against militants.