A 50-word tweet was all it took to raise alarm bells in Pakistan as US President Donald Trump fired off on Pakistan for allegedly playing a double game in Afghanistan.
“The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Trump’s first tweet of 2018 comes just days after a New York Times report that the Trump administration was considering withholding the release of an already-delayed $255 million payment over Islamabad’s failure to ‘do more’ in the war on terror.
The tweet is just the latest lowlight in the tailspin that the US-Pakistan relationship has been caught in since August when Trump accused Pakistan of giving “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror”.