Following an angry New Year’s Day tweet from President Trump, Pakistan lashed out Monday, summoning the U.S. ambassador. Trump accused the country’s leaders of “lies and deceit,” writing on Twitter: “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Ambassador David Hale came to the Foreign Ministry to discuss the social-media post, said U.S. Embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire. During that meeting, Pakistani officials protested the president’s allegations and asked for clarification, several news outlets report.
Khawaja Asif, Pakistan’s foreign minister, publicly condemned Trump’s remarks and dismissed them as nothing but a political stunt. “He has tweeted against us [Pakistan] and Iran for his domestic consumption,” Asif told Geo TV. “He is again and again displacing his frustrations on Pakistan over failures in Afghanistan as they are trapped in a dead-end street in Afghanistan.” Read more.