President Trump started the year off with a bang with 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. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
The administration is following through with what he said in his tweet as they are withholding $255 million in foreign military aid to Pakistan. According to Fox News, a National Security Council official said, “The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in [Fiscal Year] 2016 Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time.” They continued, “The president has made clear that the United States expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists and militants on its soil, and that Pakistan’s actions in support of the South Asia Strategy will ultimately determine the trajectory of our relationship, including future security assistance.” The offficial indicated that the administration will continue to monitor Pakistan’s cooperation.
Pakistan is strategically located when it comes to the United States and Afghanistan and has been a key player in the war on Al Qaeda. The withholding of the aid to Pakistan will impact the relationship between Pakistan, a nuclear country, and the United States going forward and that raises a question. Is the United States doing the right thing withholding aid to Pakistan?
ANI News Official covered the tweet:
Is the United States doing the right thing withholding aid to Pakistan? Is Pakistan a rogue nation and needs to be treated accordingly? Or, is this a horrible strategic mistake by the United States?