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Pakistan Summons US Ambassador After President Donald Trump’s Foolish Tweet

Pakistan has summoned the US Ambassador in protest against President Donald Trump’s angry tweet, while the country’s foreign minister dismissed the outburst as a political stunt.

David Hale was summoned by the Pakistan foreign office on Monday (local time) to explain Mr Trump’s tweet.

A spokesperson for the US Embassy in Islamabad confirmed the meeting took place.

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 & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that will focus on Mr Trump’s tweet, while on Wednesday the country’s top civilian and military chiefs will meet to discuss deteriorating US ties.

Islamabad bristles at the suggestion it is not doing enough in the war against militancy, saying that since 2001, Pakistan has suffered more than the US from militancy as casualties at the hands of Islamists number in the tens of thousands.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif dismissed Mr Trump’s comments as a political stunt borne out of frustration over US failures in Afghanistan, where Afghan Taliban militants have been gaining territory and carrying out major attacks.

“He has tweeted against [Pakistan] and Iran for his domestic consumption,” Mr Asif told Geo TV on Monday.

“He is again and again displacing his frustrations on Pakistan over failures in Afghanistan as they are trapped in dead-end street in Afghanistan.”

Mr Asif added that Pakistan did not need US aid.

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