WH Poised to Make Cuts in 'Security Assistance' for Pakistan

WATCH: Haley says US will continue to withhold $255 million in aid to Pakistan

Former US Ambassador Khalilzad Supports Tough Line On Pakistan

China on Tuesday defended Pakistan after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut aid to Pakistan after accusing the country of giving nothing in return except for "lies and deceit".

The US President wrote that they foolishly gave over 33 billion dollars in aid to Pakistan over the past 15 years.

"They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

"'We are ready to publicly provide details of the USA aid that has been received by the country, ' said the minister, adding that Mr Trump was disappointed with the U.S. defeat in Afghanistan and was accusing Pakistan in retaliation".

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, speaking at her daily news conference, described Pakistan as an "important partner" and said Islamabad already knows what it needs to do.

Soon after the US President's tweet, the White House confirmed that the US had suspended its $255 million military aid to Pakistan.

The government late Monday summoned US ambassador David Hale to the foreign ministry to protest and seek an explanation for Trump's remarks, reported local media.

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"That game is not acceptable to this administration", Haley told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in NY. "No more!", he further said.

The commander of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, US Army Gen. John Nicholson, said in November that Pakistan had not changed its behavior since Trump announced his new policy for Afghanistan and the wider region, which specifically calls on Pakistan to do more.

Meanwhile, Syed Khursheed Shah, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, urged Pakistani politicians to come together and issue a bipartisan "unified response" to Trump's recent statements against Islamabad, reports Dawn.

In a speech last month in Afghanistan to U.S. troops, vice-president Mike Pence said, "For too long Pakistan has provided safe haven to the Taliban and many terrorist organizations, but those days are over. No more!" Trump said in a Twitter post on Monday.

American officials have also warned that if Islamabad does not take actions against terrorist havens on Pakistan soil, Washington will do so unilaterally. Washington clarifies that the aid is suspended until Pakistan takes some decisive action against the terrorism.

The U.S. president vowed to stop providing financial aid for Pakistan.

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