Can Donald Trump do what his two immediate predecessors failed to achieve—wean Pakistan off its habit of supporting terrorist groups that kill American troops in Afghanistan and destabilize the region?
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chats with Pakistani foreign office official Sajid Bilal upon his arrival at Pakistan’s Nur Khan military airbase in Islamabad, Pakistan October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Aamir Qureshi/Pool
The president’s first tweet of 2018 summed up the problem: “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Since then the administration has suspended security assistance to Pakistan, including coalition-support funding, the term for reimbursements for counterterrorism operations that account for nearly half of U.S. aid disbursed to the