Trump's first tweet of 2018: U.S. 'foolishly' gave aid to Pakistan

In August, Trump unveiled a new US strategy for the war in Afghanistan aimed at defeating the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network, an affiliated group that operates in Pakistan.

Pak Army also reacted strongly against the accusations of Donald Trump and said, the annual aide Pakistan received from the U.S. was "reimbursement for support Islamabad gave to the coalition for its fight against Al Qaeda". "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help", he said in his first tweet of 2018.

The frequency of suspected US drone attacks near the Pakistani-Afghan border has increased notably since Trump introduced his Afghanistan strategy in August.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting", Donald Trump had said and added that "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately".

"Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the United States aid that it has received", he added.

Donald Trump entered his second calendar year as US president on Monday, and it appears he's resolved to continue putting allies and rival nations on notice through Twitter.

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Trump hailed their return as a clear sign of progress, but his attitude has since hardened.

Pakistan had no official comment on Monday, but Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted that his government was preparing a response that "will let the world know the truth". "Our partnership, which reflects a renewed US commitment, will set the conditions to end the war and finally bringing peace to Afghanistan", read a statement issued by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani's Office.

Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to United States: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust.

Lisa Curtis, who is the director for South and Central Asia on Trump's National Security Council, co-authored an article with former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani a year ago which said that the "activities and operations of diverse terror groups on and from Pakistani soil, and the government's failure to rein them in, threaten vital United States national security interests in the region".

The latest move comes after the U.S. has been denied access to a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network who is in Pakistan's custody.

  • Sonia Alvarado