Trump has stopped providing ‘billion dollars’ to Pakistan: Nikki Haley

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PHILADELPHIA: Indian-American Republican politician Nikki Haley has claimed that President Donald Trump has stopped providing “billion dollars” in military aid to Pakistan as it harbours terrorists who were trying to kill American soldiers.

Speaking during an event organised by the Indian Voices for Trump in the battleground state of Philadelphia, Haley praised Trump’s foreign policies.

The two-term governor of South Carolina, Haley was the first Cabinet-ranking Indian-American in any presidential administration. She is now campaigning for Trump ahead of the US election.

Nikki Haley

“We were giving a billion dollars in military aid to Pakistan, who was turning around harbouring terrorists, that are trying to kill our American soldiers. We do not give that billion dollars,” the former US envoy to the United Nations said.

“Now, there’s actually a method that the President using, which looks, we should not just use a UN vote to decide who to get funding, but it should be one of the things we look at. And we need to be smart about how we do foreign policy,” she added

The US officials, time and again, have accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism.

In 2018, Trump administration suspended USD 300 million in funding to Islamabad over what it calls the government’s failure to take action against terrorists.

“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 and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump had tweeted in January 2018.

On June 24, the US had released its Congressional-mandated 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism, in which it accused Pakistan of remaining a “safe harbour” for regional terrorist groups. India has also repeatedly accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism.

She said that US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi get “along so well” and the two countries are partnering in defence, trade and other sectors.

Speaking during an event here, Haley, Indian-American Republican politician, said in the aftermath of the coronavirus, there is more of a coalition that the United States is bringing in India along with Australia and Japan.

“…The relationship with India has never been stronger ever. India is the largest democracy that shares our values. And President Trump and Prime Minister Modi get along so well. But now we are actually partnering with them on defense and trade and other areas,” she said at a fireside chat event organised by the Indian Voices for Trump in the battleground state of Philadelphia.

“And with COVID-19 coming from China. There’s more of a coalition that the United States is bringing in India, along with Australia and Japan. And so, really, the foreign policy of President Trump has been gangbusters over any other president that we have had in decades, and that affects every one of us from national security,” she added.

Haley, the two-term governor of South Carolina, was the first Cabinet-ranking Indian-American in any presidential administration. She is now campaigning for Trump ahead of the US election.