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Trump: US foolish for giving Pakistan aid
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07.12.2019

Trump: US foolish for giving Pakistan aid

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President Donald Trump claims the United States has "foolishly" handed Pakistan more than $US33 billion ($A46 billion) in aid over the last 15 years while getting nothing in return and pledged to put a stop to it.

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

"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."
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It was not immediately clear what prompted Trump's criticism of Pakistan but he has long complained that Islamabad is not doing enough to tackle Islamist militants.

Last month, Trump said in a speech the US government makes "massive payments every year to Pakistan. They have to help."

Pakistan insists it has launched military operations to push out militants from its soil and that 17,000 Pakistanis have died fighting militants or in bombings and other attacks since 2001.
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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.
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"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.

But Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan's ambassador in Washington, said in a Twitter posting that Trump's tweet was a "promising message to Afghans who have suffered at the hands of terrorists based in Pakistan for far too long."
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