Trump knocks admiral who led Bin Laden raid

Lester Mason
November 19, 2018

Mr Trump's accusations are his second outspoken attack on Pakistan this year and came weeks after senior USA envoys visited to say they wanted to reset relations.

"Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did", Donald Trump said.

In an interview with Fox News that also led to criticism from Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, Mr Trump said that Mr McRaven was a "Hillary fan" and an "Obama backer". "We're giving them [Pakistan] $1.3 billion a year - which we don't give them anymore, by the way, I ended it because they don't do anything for us, they don't do a damn thing for us", he said.

US commandos killed bin Laden in a May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he had been living in seclusion in a house near a well-known military academy.

Calling Trump's tirade a lesson for Pakistani leaders "who kept appeasing the US esp after 9/11", the minister added: "Whether China or Iran, US policies of containment and isolation do not coincide with Pakistan's strategic interests".

Imran Khan, who became Pakistan's prime minister this year, said on Twitter that the record needed to be set straight. "The war drastically impacted the lives of ordinary Pakistanis". No Pakistani was involved in 9/11 but Pak made a decision to participate in US War on Terror. 2.

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

However, contrary to Trump's insinuations, former United States president Barack Obama, the raid was carried out, had said past year: "We had no evidence that Pakistan was aware of his presence - that is something that we looked at". Mazari went on to give examples of the appeasement such as the loss of Pakistani lives in the USA war on terror, free space to Raymond Davis and other operatives and illegal killings by drone attacks. "We all wanted to get him as soon as we could", Robert O'Neill, the US Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden said on Twitter.

In September, the Trump administration cancelled $300 million in military aid to Islamabad for not doing enough against terror groups active on its soil.

Taking to Twitter once again, the U.S. president said, "They [Pakistan] were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return".

He defended the intel work that went into the raid that ultimately took out bin Laden, saying that Trump "ought to recognize that it's that kind of valor and courage that is important in order to protect the security of this country". Earlier this year, the Pentagon also suspended almost $1 billion in aid to Pakistan for what Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other top officials said at the time was Islamabad's failure to take on the Haqqani terrorist network.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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