Published: Tue, November 20, 2018

Trump slams Pakistan, planning to visit Afghanistan

Trump slams Pakistan, planning to visit Afghanistan

Trump, during a Fox News TV interview that aired on Sunday, defended cutting aid to Islamabad and also suggested Pakistani authorities knew Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's location prior to his killing by U.S. troops in a raid inside Pakistan in 2011.

The statement comes a day after Trump lambasted the former special operations commander in an interview with Fox News, asking why the United States forces didn't get Osama bin Laden "a lot sooner than that".

Within four hours of Khan's tweets, President Trump returned to the subject again, tweeting, "Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did". Former Pakistani defense minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar told an Indian TV network in 2015 that Pakistani leadership knew that bin Laden was in Pakistan all along.

Referring to the compound in Abbottabad where Osama bin Laden was found in 2011, Trump said Osama had been "living in Pakistan right next to the military academy; everybody in Pakistan knew he was there".

Khan did not respond to Trump's bin Laden comments.

The Pakistani prime minister also pointed out that his country continues to provide the United States with supply lines into Afghanistan, adding, "Can Mr Trump name another ally that gave such sacrifices?"

"I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else", McRaven said in a statement to CNN.

President Trump has promised to cut aid to countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan that "do nothing for us", and has accused Pakistan of sheltering Osama bin Laden since 9/11.

"Hillary Clinton fan", Trump said, cutting off Wallace.

McRaven, who recently quit as the chancellor of the University of Texas for health reasons, has also defended former CIA Director John Brennan, another Trump critic, whose security clearance was revoked by the president. "Now we will do what is best for our people & our interests." he tweeted.

The ties between the two countries strained after Trump, while announcing his Afghanistan and South Asia policy in August a year ago, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to "agents of chaos" that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists.

Host Chris Wallace tried to ask Trump about McRaven's comment that his press attacks were the "greatest threat to democracy" in his lifetime.

During a Sunday interview with Fox News, Trump called McRaven a "Hillary Clinton fan" and "Obama backer", before criticizing the four-star admiral for the amount of time it took to kill bin Laden. "We all wanted to get him as soon as we could", tweeted O'Neill, who regularly appears on Fox News as a security expert.

Trump's counterpunch at McRaven, who stepped down from the chancellor's post at the University of Texas this year amid health concerns, was reminiscent of his attack in 2015 on the late Sen.

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