WASHINGTON: US President Trump and Pakistan’s Prime Minister
trolled each other on Twitter on Monday with snide remarks pointing to a continuous dysfunction in ties between two countries stuck in a mutually recriminatory loop.
Following a Fox News interview over the weekend in which President Trump accused Pakistan of hiding
Record needs to be put on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pakistan: 1. No Pakistani was involved in 9/11 but Pak … https://t.co/VFANMVnkY5
– Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 1542627445000
3. Our tribal areas were destroyed and millions of ppl uprooted from their homes. The war drastically impacted lives … https://t.co/E29ZAECVhr
– Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 1542627592000
Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious assessment of why, 14 … https://t.co/0fx3AvSuya
– Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 1542627722000
“…. we no longer pay Pakistan the $ billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another They were just one of many countries That’s ENDING! “He added.
The US President’s Twitter tirade also included retired US Admiral William McRaven, who led the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, and who has since been trump on various issues, including his denigration of the media and former CIA chief John Brennan against his attacks.
Trump dismissed McRaven as a “Hilary Clinton backer and an Obama-backer,” in the Fox interview, although the admiral had made no public declaration before the trump began attacking the US security establishment.
The US President’s ire against his predecessor and the security principals during that administration appears to be the public humiliation he suffered on the hands of the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner when he was roasted for his tactics spreading ષડયંત્ર theories.
It was the same night Obama, in between practicing his punchlines, Greenlighted the operation that killed bin Laden.
The US President’s continued antipathy towards Pakistan, which has also remained recalcitrant in not acknowledging its role in the use and spread of terrorism, as well as the copious evidence against the state policy, has taken into Washington and Islamabad a precipitous low in relations. The Trump Administration has cut off most aid to Pakistan and the two sides