Though President Trump’s first tweet of 2018, which insulted Pakistan and made good on his threat to cut off US aid, was inconsistent with his previous statements recently used to describe America’s ally, the message was strategically the right move, says Daniella Diaz in CNN. Though Pakistan has been treated as an ally for decades, the county has done little to protect America and its security interests over the years. Its government has cooperated only occasionally, preferring to purposefully turn a blind eye to terrorist activities within its borders. Trump's threat to halt US funding and military equipment to Pakistan is necessary to protect US security.
Pesident Trump's tweet on Pakistan, in which he accused the country of aiding and abetting terrorists and expressed America’s regret at giving $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, will backfire, argues Prakash Katoch in First Post. While Trump has been the first US president to be so direct with Pakistan, calling them out on housing the terrorists that America pays Pakistan to help fight, his threat to abandon Pakistan will create regional instability. China will assert its own influence and interests over Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s army may engage in terror attacks against India to distract from its domestic upheavals.