If you missed President Donald Trump New Year’s Day tweet lashing out at Pakistan over Islamabad’s inadequate efforts against terrorism, you simply must see it:
If you recall, in August, President Trump said the “next pillar” of his strategy for battling terrorism would involve a “change in our approach to Pakistan,” as he accused them of giving “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.”
“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” he said. ”These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide – that no place is beyond the reach of American arms.
Shortly thereafter, the Trump administration withheld $50 million in military aid to Pakistan because it felt Islamabad was not doing enough to bring down the Taliban and the Haqqani Network.
In more recent days, a measure reportedly under consideration by the administration involves withholding all or part of America’s $255 million in military assistance to Pakistan.
On Thursday, Pakistani military spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor warned the United States against taking “unilateral” military action on its soil and denied his country was not doing enough to fight the Taliban and its allies, promising that the results of Pakistan’s counterterrorism operations would be “seen in subsequent years and months.”
Nevertheless, at this time, it is somewhat unclear whether the “no more” in his latest statement means a complete or partial termination, or temporary suspension, of American aid to Pakistan, but true to his word, he delivers a powerful message straight out of the new year’s gate.