Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis sent a bold signal over the weekend, announcing that the U.S. military will cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan for supporting terror groups in the region, according to Independent Journal Review.
Toward the beginning of the year, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would progressively suspend aid to Pakistan if the nation refused to work with America’s coalition to defeat terror groups in the region. Mattis has indicated that Pakistan has refused to comply, and they just got a $300 million message from the U.S.
Over the weekend, Mattis said the U.S. warned the country earlier this year that if he did not see concrete Pakistani actions against terror groups, he would withdraw the cash normally allocated to the Coalition Support Funds.
Pakistan has failed to comply, and Mattis is apparently done playing games.
“Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy the remaining $300 (million) was reprogrammed,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
The Pentagon said that it will use the $300 million on “other urgent priorities,” if approved by Congress.
Earlier this year, at the request of Trump, Congress voted in favor of stripping an additional $500 million in CSF from Pakistan, bringing the total amount withheld this year to $800 million.
The U.S. argues that Pakistan has been secretly providing safe havens to terrorists linked to the Taliban, allowing the terror group to plot attacks without fear of being rooted out by the U.S.-led coalition.
That would mean that while Pakistan was receiving just shy of one billion dollars from U.S. taxpayers, every year, they were providing shelter and safety to terrorist groups.
The U.S. cancelling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to Pakistan comes a month after the Trump administration announced its plan to cancel $200 million in American aid to Palestine, sending a message to the world that if anyone wants to receive aid from the U.S., they must be aligned with America’s values.
The Trump administration has publicly voiced concerns about Palestine‘s continued efforts to support terror groups in the region.
The president has also stated several times that he doesn’t want U.S. aid going to any group that apparently only seeks to further exacerbate tensions in the area, a concern shared by many Americans.
The previous administration may have been content with giving taxpayer dollars to nations who support terror groups, but the Trump administration has made it unequivocally clear that such actions and behavior will no longer receive aid and assistance from the U.S.