Trump Criticizes Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Over Bin Laden Raid

Trump Criticizes Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Over Bin Laden Raid

Trump Criticizes Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Over Bin Laden Raid

"And we give Pakistan USD 1.3 billion a year". Instead, as the president said in a Fox News Sunday interview, they were just more carping from a "Hillary Clinton fan".

Over the weekend, Trump said in an interview Pakistan doesn't "do a damn thing" for the United States despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid, and alleged Pakistani officials knew of former Al-Qaeda leader Bin Laden's location before his killing by USA troops in a raid inside Pakistan in 2011. "That's ENDING!" he said.

Earlier in the day, Brennan, who was Obama's homeland security adviser at the time of the bin Laden raid and served as Central Intelligence Agency director from 2013 to 2017, tweeted to Trump that "you constantly remind us how substantively shallow & dishonest you are on so many fronts, which is why we are in such risky times".

Trump while announcing his new South Asia policy in August previous year accused Pakistan of failing to do enough against terrorist groups inside the country. Bin Laden was already well-known for his role in bombing USA embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in the 1990s, and Trump described him in his 2000 book, "The America We Deserve" as a "shadowy figure" that the U.S. needed to strategize against.

Trump also slighted the Admiral by claiming the US should have bin Laden sooner.

Trump's tweet about bin Laden on Monday has some truth to it: "I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center".

McRaven also told CNN Sunday that he stands by his comments on the president and the media.

Pakistan's PM Khan hits back after Trump's blame tirade

"Now we will do what is best for our people and our interests", the cricketer-turned politician said on Twitter. "He needs to be informed abt historical facts", the premier said.

"Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties in this war & over $123bn was lost to economy".

In a series of Twitter posts earlier Monday, Khan expressed disapproval of what he called Trump's interview "tirade".

Mr Khan highlighted the logistical support Pakistan provided the United States as it fought in Afghanistan before saying it had made Pakistan a "scapegoat" for its failures during the conflict, with the Afghan Taliban remaining stronger than at any point since the 2001 US-led invasion.

"But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there", he added. Trump administration's tough rhetoric, meant to enhance pressure on Pakistan, reflects United States frustration at not achieving any stability in Afghanistan even after 17 years of conflict - something that Prime Minister Imran Khan has also mentioned as he came up with a fitting reply.

Trump's allegations also triggered an angry retort from the Pakistani leadership irrespective of the political divide.

Mr Khan also pointed out Pakistan continued to provide its roads and air space for the re-supply for more than 10,000 U.S. troops based in Afghanistan.

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