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Trump's First Tweets of 2018 About Pakistan, Iran

Trump's First Tweets of 2018 About Pakistan, Iran

Trump's First Tweets of 2018 About Pakistan, Iran

It was not immediately clear what prompted Mr Trump's criticism of Pakistan but he has long complained that Islamabad is not doing enough to tackle Islamist militants.

US-Pakistani ties have taken a nosedive under Trump, who in August declared that "Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror".

"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".

Earlier this month, Trump had already hinted that he may cut off the aid for good. Pakistani security forces rescued American hostage Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children born during the five years they spent in captivity.

In August, Trump unveiled a new USA strategy for the war in Afghanistan aimed at defeating the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network, an affiliated group that operates in Pakistan.

President Trump's tweets - since before he even became a presidential candidate, if we're honest - have been a bit controversial.

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Pakistan had no official comment on Monday, but Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted that his government was preparing a response that "will let the world know the truth".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tried to downplay the significance of the uprisings, saying, "Our great nation has witnessed a number of similar incidents in the past and has comfortably dealt with them".

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

The New York Times reported on December 29 that US officials had sought but been denied access to a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network captured in Pakistan who potentially could provide information about at least one American hostage.

Tillerson had also acknowledged that United States ties with Pakistan have "really deteriorated" in the last decade, saying that he had conveyed to Pakistan that its policy of terror safe havens could well backfire.

Abbasi has said in interviews Pakistan is committed to the fight against terrorism, and has suffered significant casualties through the years due to deadly attacks from militant groups.

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