Pakis cop one in the chook as Trump gives them a $900M haircut

The Pakis have copped one in the chook as Donald Trump makes good on his promise to cut aid to Pakistan.

Days after threatening to pull financial aid from Pakistan via Twitter, President Donald Trump has suspended at least $900 million in aid money over concerns that the country isn’t doing enough to crack down on terrorism. Reuters reportsthat the funding is being withheld until the administration is satisfied that Pakistan has taken action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network:

The U.S. State Department announced the decision, saying it reflected the Trump administration’s frustration that Pakistan has not done more against the two groups that Washington says use sanctuaries in Pakistan to launch attacks in neighboring Afghanistan that have killed U.S., Afghan and other forces.

The move comes days after President Trump used his first tweet of the year to blast Pakistan for being weak on terrorism.

Department officials declined to confirm the exact amount of funding that would be held back, but it is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $900 million, mostly in military aid. President Trump has expressed frustration with the ability of terrorists from the two groups to find refuge in Pakistan:

Pakistan has long rejected accusations that it fails to tackle the militants battling the Kabul government and U.S.-led foreign forces in Afghanistan, from sanctuaries on its side of the border. On Friday, Pakistan criticized what it called “shifting goalposts” and said the U.S. suspension of aid was counter-productive.

While military aid is being held, other aid money from Washington to Islamabad will continue to flow:

Briefing reporters, U.S. officials stressed the suspension did not affect civilian aid to Pakistan and that the money could go through if Islamabad took decisive action against the groups.

“Our hope is that they will see this as a further indication of this administration’s immense frustration with the trajectory of our relationship and that they need to be serious about taking the steps we have asked in order to put it on more solid footing,” a senior State Department official told reporters.

In a series of tweets, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert laid out the new position on Pakistan.

You might not like Trump, but he does actually do what he says he will do. It seems some people are real slow learners.

In just two weeks he’s cut aid to the Pallys and now to the Pakis. American taxpayers will be rejoicing.


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