"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".
In a scathing attack, Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the United States but "lies and deceit" in return for USD 33 billion aid and said Islamabad has provided "safe haven" to terrorists. "Difference between facts and fiction".
It said USA 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.
Trump has accused the Iranian government of backing terrorism groups, and named it as one of six Muslim-majority countries in his controversial travel ban.
"The United States does not plan to spend the Dollars 255 million in FY 2016 in Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time", a senior administration official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. "As a way to make it clear to the Pakistanis that enough is enough, if President Trump actually follows through, it could be an effective move", she said in an opinion piece published on the CNN website. Pakistan routinely denies such accusations, charging instead India and Afghanistan with trying to destabilize it.
An announcement from Trump was around the corner as reports emerged a couple of days ago saying the administration was strongly considering to withhold the $255 million in aid to Pakistan, reflecting dissatisfaction with Islamabad's inaction against terror networks.
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". "Had we not supported the U.S. and Afghanistan, they would never have been able to defeat Al Qaeda".
A State Department official said Pakistan's actions will ultimately determine the course of "security assistance in the future".