President Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of lying and deceiving the United States while receiving billions of dollars in foreign aid.
In his first tweet of the year, he also alleged Pakistan harboured terrorists.
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. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
Pakistan has reacted angrily to the tweet, saying all the funding was accounted for and that Mr Trump was bitter due to the “US defeat in Afghanistan”.
The US is considering withholding more than $250m in aid that it delayed sending to Islamabad in August.
US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale was summoned to Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Monday to hear a protest over Mr Trump’s tweet.
Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan tweeted that the US had given Pakistan “nothing but invective & mistrust”.
Pakistan has already had millions of dollars of US aid withheld for allegedly not taking enough action against the Taliban-allied Haqqani network.
Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence have in the past accused Islamabad of supporting terrorist groups that the U.S. president once called “agents of chaos.”Please subscribe to our newsletter