WASHINGTON: The White House has confirmed suspending $255 million of military aid to Pakistan, a move seen as the first step to implementing President Donald Trump’s pledge to tighten economic restrictions on Pakistan.
In his first tweet of the New Year, President Trump accused Pakistan on Monday of basing its relationship with the US on “nothing but lies and deceit”. He claimed that the US gave $33 billion aid to Pakistan over the last 15 years but in return “they give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more”.
Hours after the tweet, White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters in Washington that “the United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in … foreign military financing (FMF) for Pakistan at this time”.