BOSTON—President Donald Trump blasted Pakistan on Fox News’ Chris Wallace and said “they don’t do a damn thing for us.”
Speaking exclusively to Wallace in a wide-ranging interview, President Trump went on to defend his administration’s decision to pull hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan.
He said Pakistan doesn’t do “a damn thing for us” and charging that its government helped terror leader Osama bin Laden hide there.
“You know, living – think of this – living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer,” Trump said, referring to bin Laden and his compound.
President Trump said Pakistan does not do anything for the United States.
“But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there,” he added. “And we give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year . … [bin Laden] lived in Pakistan, we’re supporting Pakistan, we’re giving them $1.3 billion a year –which we don’t give them anymore, by the way, I ended it because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us.”
In September, the US Defense Department suspended $300 million in funding to Pakistan over what it called the government’s failure to take action against terrorists.