Trump will 'go to great lengths' to stop Pakistan aid: Nikki Haley

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"Pakistan has played a double game for years".

The comments come as the White House has called on Pakistan to do more to fight terrorism and says it will announce "specific actions" to pressure Islamabad, possibly as soon as January 4. "Pakistan has played a double game for years", Haley told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

"We will respond to President Trump's tweet shortly inshallah.Will let the world know the truth.difference between facts & fiction.", Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Asif tweeted in response. Trump had already taken to Twitter by this time and posted a comment that claimed the United States had "foolishly" given Pakistan over $30 billion in aid over the past decade and a half. Trump began the New Year with a strongly-worded tweet denouncing Islamabad for providing safe haven to terrorists and displaying duplicity on the issue of fighting terror.

Pakistan then summoned the US ambassador to the country, David Hale, for a meeting, and Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif claimed Trump's outburst was non-consequential. In fact, he said that Trump could hire a us auditor to come to Pakistan and calculate just how much had been given in aid over the past decade and a half.

"Allies don't fight", he said, adding that "the US should realize how Pakistan has been cooperative in the war against terror". In his strongest attack against Pakistan yet, Trump in his first tweet of the year on New Year's Day also appeared to suggest he could cut off foreign aid to Pakistan.

Khalilzad said, however, that "the conclusion that has been reached in the United States is that Pakistan does not cooperate".

The Pakistani Prime Minister was chairing a National Security Committee meeting with a number of government officials present.

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Mr Asif added that Pakistan did not need U.S. aid.

The president is hoping for more legislative achievements after his pre-Christmas success on taxes.

On Wednesday night, Ghafoor told local Geo TV that Pakistan wants to continue cooperation with the US but will not "compromise on national interests and prestige".

Referring to the global coalition operating in Afghanistan, the Pakistani leadership stated that the country, even today, is helping the coalition.

Mr Trump's harsh words drew praise from Pakistan's old foe, India, and neighbouring Afghanistan, but long-time ally China defended Pakistan's record of combating terrorism.

Islamabad also dismissed United States accusations that it harbors terrorist and is doing too little to fight extremists.

The foreign minister began his series of tweets by taking a jibe at the former dictator Pervez Musharraf, the then President of Pakistan when the 9/11 attacks occurred in NY. Khan, who is a cricket superstar in Pakistan and the leader of the political opposition, said Trump was "ignorant and ungrateful".

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