Pakistan responds to Trump’s tweet: US has 'given us nothing but invective and mistrust'

Pakistan on Monday tweeted a response to President Trump’s assertion that the nation has “given us nothing but lies & deceit” while providing, “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.” 

“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. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis,” Pakistan’s defense minister wrote on Twitter. 

It’s unclear what prompted Trump to make his Monday morning comment, but it did come just days after the New York Times reported that the U.S. may delay a $225 million aid payment to the nation. 

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TOPSHOT - EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Pakistani Christians assist an injured worshipper after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist Church in Quetta on December 17, 2017. At least eight people were killed and 15 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service on December 17, just over a week before Christmas, police said. / AFP PHOTO / A. CALVIN (Photo credit should read A. CALVIN/AFP/Getty Images)
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 17: Pakistan security forces take measures after a suicide attack at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan on December 17, 2017. At least eight people including a woman were killed in blast and 42 others injured. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Pakistani Christians are evacuated by security personnel from a Methodist church after a suicide bomber attack during a Sunday service in Quetta on December 17, 2017. At least five people were killed and 15 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service on December 17, just over a week before Christmas, police said. The attack took place at the Methodist Church in the restive southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province. / AFP PHOTO / BANARAS KHAN (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Pakistani Christians carry an injured worshipper after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist Church in Quetta on December 17, 2017. At least eight people were killed and 15 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service on December 17, just over a week before Christmas, police said. / AFP PHOTO / A. CALVIN (Photo credit should read A. CALVIN/AFP/Getty Images)
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 17: [EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts graphic content] A medical staff treats a man injured in a suicide attack at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan on December 17, 2017. At least eight people including a woman were killed in blast and 44 others injured. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Pakistani Christians protest after a suicide bombers attacked a Methodist church during a Sunday service in Quetta on December 17, 2017. At least eight people were killed and 30 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service on December 17, just over a week before Christmas, police said. / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 17: A medical staff treats a woman, injured in a suicide attack at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, as her relatives try to calm her down in Quetta, Pakistan on December 17, 2017. At least eight people including a woman were killed in blast and 44 others injured. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Pakistani security personnel take position after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist church during a Sunday service in Quetta on December 17, 2017. At least five people were killed and 15 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service on December 17, just over a week before Christmas, police said. The attack took place at the Methodist Church in the restive southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province. / AFP PHOTO / BANARAS KHAN (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Pakistani security personnel rescue an injured woman after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist church during a Sunday service in Quetta on December 17 2017. At least five people were killed and 15 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service on December 17, just over a week before Christmas, police said. The attack took place at the Methodist Church in the restive southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province. / AFP PHOTO / BANARAS KHAN (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Pakistani security personnel and volunteers shift the body of a victim after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist Church in Quetta on December 17, 2017. At least eight people were killed and 15 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service on December 17, just over a week before Christmas, police said. / AFP PHOTO / A. CALVIN (Photo credit should read A. CALVIN/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Pakistani security personnel carry the body of a victim after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist Church in Quetta on December 17, 2017. At least eight people were killed and 15 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service on December 17, just over a week before Christmas, police said. / AFP PHOTO / A. CALVIN (Photo credit should read A. CALVIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives shift an injured victim after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist church during a Sunday service in Quetta on December 17 2017. At least eight people were killed and 30 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service on December 17, just over a week before Christmas, police said. / AFP PHOTO / BANARAS KHAN (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 17: Dead bodies of a bomb attack victims are taken to a hospital with ambulances after a suicide attack at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan on December 17, 2017. At least eight people including a woman were killed in blast and 42 others injured. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Pakistani Christians offer prayers during a mass on the last Sunday before Christmas at the Cathedral in Lahore on December 17, 2017. At least eight people were killed and 30 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta, during a service on December 17, just over a week before Christmas, police said. / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)
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According to the Times, which cited U.S. officials, the Trump administration has been considering withholding the money, “as a show of dissatisfaction with Pakistan’s broader intransigence toward confronting the terrorist networks that operate there.” 

The president has expressed his frustration with Pakistan in the past. 

“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately,” Trump said in August. “No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. servicemembers and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace.” 

 

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