Good idea: Trump responds to senator Rand Paul’s proposal to stop all aid to Pakistan


NEW DELHI, Jan. 7: US senator Rand Paul on Friday tweeted about a proposal to end not some, but all aid to Pakistan .

President Donald Trump, fresh from a New Year's day tweet criticising Islamabad, couldn't help responding to his party colleague's tweet.

"Good idea Rand!", Trump tweeted.

In a video posted on Friday, the junior senator from Kentucky had announced that he will be introducing a bill asking to end all aid to Pakistan.

I am introducing a bill to do just that in the coming days . My bill would take the money that would have gone to Pakistan and put it in infrastructure fund to build roads and bridges here at home. We need to build our nation, not other countries. It is time for an America first policy and end to foreign aid," he said.

In the same video, Rand also lashed out at Pakistan for aiding and abetting terrorism as well as withholding key information, including the hideout of terrorist Osama bin Laden.

"The US should not give one penny to countries who burn our flag and chant death to America. Countries like Pakistan that stonewall access to key information in fighting terrorism," he said.

"We spent $33 billion to Pakistan since 2002. What did we get for it? Well, Pakistan didn't even help us find Bin Laden, even though he was living in one of their cities for years. Then they jailed the informant who helped us to get to Laden," he argued.




Yesterday, Trump had said that US is keeping "all options" on the table to deal with Pakistan, if it doesn't take decisive action against the Taliban and the Haqqani network and dismantle their safe havens.

The warning was preceded by suspension of about $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan for its failure to clamp down on terror groups.




The freezing of all security assistance to Pakistan had come after President Donald Trump in a New Year's Day tweet accused the country of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for $33 billion aid over the last 15 years. TOI

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