Pakistan Responds to Trump Criticism: US Gives Nothing But ‘Invective & Mistrust’

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After President Donald Trump criticized Pakistan on Monday, the Muslim country fired back, blasting the United States for providing “nothing but invective and mistrust.”

Pakistan’s defense minister, Khurram Dastgir-Khan, responded to the president on Twitter, writing: “[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. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis.”

Earlier in the day, Trump attacked Pakistan in his first tweet of 2018. “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,” he wrote.

The president also scolded the country for giving a “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

The budding conflict follows a story in The New York Times which reported that the Trump administration may withhold $225 million in aid as a punitive measure to combat Pakistan’s handling of terror networks.

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