In 2011, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was discovered to be living secretly at a fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he was killed by U.S. forces. Former President Obama launched the raid on bin Laden’s compound without notifying Pakistan.
Trump on Monday morning accused Pakistan of “15 years” of “lies and deceit” and ripped past U.S. administrations for working with its government.
Trump’s tweet followed a New York Times report late last week that said the administration is considering withholding $225 million in aid to Pakistan over frustration with its handling of terror networks — a long-standing source of tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan.
RAND PAUL AGREES WITH TRUMP ON THIS SUBJECT!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 1, 2018
Sen. Paul vows to press vote on Pakistan aid cutoff after jailed doc speaks out
Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to hold up Senate business until lawmakers address the case of jailed Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, after Afridi detailed in an exclusive jail-cell interview how the same spy-service interrogators who tortured him also revealed they consider Americans to be their “worst enemies.”
Afridi, the doctor who helped the CIA track Usama bin Laden, described brutal torture at the hands of Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence. He said, in an interview with Fox News, that they told him “the Americans are our worst enemies, worse than the Indians.” Afridi said the country’s claims of cooperation with the U.S. are a sham to “extract” billions in U.S. aid.
Paul, after reading the account, on Monday renewed his months-long effort to compel a vote on a bill to freeze U.S. aid to Pakistan unless Afridi is released — even if it means stalling the Obama administration’s nominee to be the next ambassador to Islamabad.
“Because of the urgency of seeing that Dr. Afridi is freed, I am prepared to pursue any and all means to secure a vote on my bill immediately, including objecting to other Senate business and recessing the Senate for the election,” Paul wrote in a letter Monday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.