Trump blasts Pakistan as 'fools,' charging the country let bin Laden hide there despite receiving US $$

President Trump on Monday blasted Pakistan, charging that its government helped 9/11 mastermind Usama bin Laden hide in the country as the president defended his administration’s decision to pull hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid.

He first made comments about Pakistan and its alleged lack of cooperation with the U.S. during the hunt for bin Laden during an exclusive interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did. I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center. President Clinton famously missed his shot. We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there. Fools!” Trump tweeted Monday, doubling down on his comments from over the weekend.

The president’s comments come just months after his administration moved to suspend $300 million in military aid to Pakistan for not doing enough to battle terrorist groups inside its borders. Earlier this year, the Pentagon also suspended nearly $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.

“We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another. They were just one of the many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That’s ENDING!” Trump tweeted minutes later.

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