Trump CUTS $255M in Aid to Pakistan: Ineffective Against Terrorism
The War on Terror will no longer be fought by the United States. Nor will we finance it.
And why should we?
Outside of a few legacy-Obama jihadists, America doesn’t create many terrorists. Let’s all say it together to appease Leftists…Timothy McVeigh.
Crazed white anti-government McVeigh notwithstanding, America is relatively terrorist-free. But other countries, not so much.
When President Trump visited Saudi Arabia, he made the biggest arms deal in history. The roughly $350 billion package put the Saudis on notice: you will defend yourselves. The same is true for the rest of the Middle East.
But the bigger message centered around stopping terror at its source. President Trump said without saying, “If you don’t stop terror yourselves, America will take its ball and go home.”
And that appears to be what’s happening in Pakistan. From Hindustan Times:
The Trump administration on Friday announced the United States will deny Pakistan military aid amounting to $255 million as it expects Islamabad to take decisive action “against terrorists and militants on its soil”.
“The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in FY 2016 in Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time,” said a spokesperson of the President’s National Security Council in a statement to Hindustan Times.
“The President has made clear that the United States expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists and militants on its soil, and that Pakistan’s actions in support of the South Asia Strategy will ultimately determine the trajectory of our relationship, including future security assistance.
How cool is that! A president who recognizes that we shouldn’t help the enemy.
If Pakistan wants money, then we want results.
The article continues,
“The Administration continues to review Pakistan’s level of cooperation.”
The statement reflected and sealed the administration’s complete disillusionment with Pakistan, which had sought to brazenly disregard the explicit warnings issued by President Donald Trump personally and leading members of his cabinet, such as secretaries James Mattis and Rex Tillerson.
Pakistan isn’t the only country under the microscope. In fact, President Trump put the world on notice, by way of the U.N.:
The Trump administration also recently reduced the United Nations budget by $285 million, per USUN.State.Gov:
Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Among a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget. In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system.
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending – in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN – is a big step in the right direction. While we are pleased with the results of this year’s budget negotiations, you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency while protecting our interests,” said Ambassador Haley.
As for the United Nations, the Trump administration has run out of warnings.
After the vote, the president commented:
“All of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council or they vote against us, potentially, at the Assembly… They take hundreds of millions, even billions, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching these votes. Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.“
If the United Nations has learned nothing, they should know that President Trump doesn’t bluff where America First is concerned.
Reuters expounded on the president’s statement:
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
The 193-member U.N. General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday – at the request of Arab and Muslim countries – to vote on a draft resolution, which the United States vetoed on Monday in the 15-member U.N. Security Council.
The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”
Needless to say, President Trump backs up his statements.
And you can bet that many countries currently receiving U.S. aid now seriously consider the consequences of poking the tiger.