President Trump and Pakistani Premier Imran Khan have spent Monday in a war of words on Twitter, with Trump engaging in one of his usual tirades accusing Pakistan of taking US money and not giving back anything in return.
While previous Pakistani officials have mostly shrugged off the public condemnations from the US, Khan was quick to fire back on Twitter, saying the US should stop making Pakistan a scapegoat for its failures, and ask why 140,000 NATO troops and $1 trillion had left the Taliban even stronger in Afghanistan.
Trump went on to complain that the US had given Pakistan billions and Pakistan didn’t help with bin Laden or Afghanistan, saying that “everybody in Pakistan knew” where bin Laden was and they didn’t tell America.
It has become a popular pasttime for recent presidents to blame Pakistan for failures in Afghanistan, and Trump is just continuing that in his own manner. The big change is that Imran Khan, unlike his predecessors, no longer feels like he needs to just be quiet and take it.