US To Decide On Whether To Withhold $255m In Aid To Pakistan

President Trump Rings in 'Fantastic' New Year at Mar-a-Lago

"No more!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after holding wide-ranging talks, said Islamabad needed to take concrete action against terror groups to ensure peace and security in the region, particularly in Afghanistan.

Pakistan fired back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE on Monday, saying the USA has given it "nothing but invective and mistrust" after Trump lashed out at the country and threatened to withhold aid in an early morning tweet.

In a tweet on Monday, Trump said the United States had foolishly given Pakistan more that $33 billion in aid since 2012 and received nothing but lies and deceit.

Last month, Trump hinted that he could cut off the aid.

"They (US) are reinforcing their failure in Afghanistan by extending their military presence but only a peaceful solution is possible", he said adding that US should try to negotiate with Taliban in Afghanistan.

Having hosted a New Year's Eve Party, US President Donald Trump was up early at his winter home in Palm Beach, Florida, and ready to kick off 2018 with a fresh batch of acerbic tweets.

It was not immediately clear why Trump opted to tweet on Pakistan.

The US had considered Pakistan an ally in its fight against terrorism ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in NY in 2011.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said he would respond to the US President's tweet shortly after the latter blamed the country for providing safe havens to terrorists.

But if anyone had been hoping that the president might consider giving up tweeting for his New Year's Resolution, they didn't have to wait long to be disappointed.

In August, Trump warned that Pakistan had "much to lose" if it failed to cooperate with the Afghanistan.

The latest move comes after the United States has been denied access to a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network who is in Pakistan's custody.

When asked about the government's stance if the U.S. conducts drone attacks in settled areas of the country, the foreign minister said that the country will defend its sovereignty.

After the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States, Washington forged a strategic alliance with Islamabad to help in its fight against extremists.

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