Trump Calls Out Pakistan for Harboring Terrorists

August 21, 2017

President Donald Trump castigated Pakistan for harboring terrorists during his primetime address Monday regarding the U.S. path forward in Afghanistan.

Trump said the U.S. will be changing its approach in how to deal with Pakistan and the U.S. will no longer be silent when it comes to Pakistan's "safe havens for terrorist organizations."

"Pakistan has much to gain for partnering with our effort in Afghanistan," Trump said. "It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists."

Trump went on to say that Pakistan has been a valued partner with the U.S. in the past and both countries' militaries have worked together to combat common enemies.

"The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism  and extremism," Trump said. "We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices, but Pakistan also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists we are fighting."

Trump said that the harboring of terrorists will have to change "immediately."

"No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. service members and officials," Trump said. "It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace."