Trump starts New Year by condemning Pakistan, encouraging Iranian protesters

Posted January 02, 2018

Donald Trump entered his second calendar year as USA president on Monday, and it appears he's resolved to continue putting allies and rival nations on notice through Twitter.

The Trump administration said in August that it was delaying sending the US$255 million in aid to Pakistan. His remarks came days after the New York Times reported that the U.S. is considering withholding United States dollars 225 million in aid to Pakistan reflecting its dissatisfaction with the latter's reluctance in the war against terrorism. Trump also said that United States operations in Afghanistan were being hindered by the "safe haven" that Pakistan was providing to terrorists.

The report stated that U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the sensitive discussions, did not detail what conditions Pakistan would have to meet to receive the aid. "They have to help", he said in unveiling his national security strategy.

Trump has only met briefly with new Pakistani PM Abbasi, who had a more extensive sitdown with Vice-President Mike Pence in September.

Earlier in the day, Donald Trump had accused Pakistan of being a safe haven to the terrorists America hunts in Afghanistan.

Trump hailed their return as a clear sign of progress, but his attitude has since hardened.

"We will respond to President Trump's tweet shortly inshallah.Will let the world know the truth.difference between facts & fiction.", Asif tweeted.

He said all funds from the USA had been "properly audited" and that "services (were) rendered".

"Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to US: Land&air communication, military bases&intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust".

Since 2002, the United States has given Islamabad more than $33 billion in aid.

Trump said Sunday that the stock market will continue to rise and that companies are going to continue to come into the USA, at "a rapid clip".

They added that "Pakistani authorities -- specifically the country's military leaders, who control its foreign and security policies -- need to take a comprehensive approach to shutting down all Islamist militant groups that operate from Pakistani territory, not just those that attack the Pakistani state".