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It’s Donald Trump vs. Imran Khan on Twitter Trump took to Twitter in his inimitable style, trolling Pakistan for not doing “a damn thing for us"

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PRESIDENT Donald Trump took to Twitter in his inimitable style on Monday, trolling Pakistan for not doing “a damn thing for us”.

Trump also took a shot at his predecessors for not doing enough to get to Osama Bin Laden.

“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”, he tweeted.

Taking a swipe at Pakistan, Trump said: “We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there. Fools!”.

The relationship between the two allies on the war on terror has been frosty ever since President Trump had cancelled assistance worth millions of dollars to Pakistan earlier this year.

He then went on to justify his decision by tweeting: “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 many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That’s ENDING!”.

The latest tweet attack on Pakistan by President Trump elicited a sharp and swift response from Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In a series of tweets, Khan said: “record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pakistan”.

Khan then went on to point out that no Pakistani was involved in 9/11 yet Pakistan had decided to participate in the U.S. war on terror.

“Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties in this war & over $123 bn was lost to economy. US “aid” was a miniscule $20 bn”, Khan tweeted.

The twitter spat was proof of the fraying alliance between the two countries which has seen a downward spiral ever since the Republican government led by President Trump was sworn in.

This latest joust on Twitter was preceded by a much public squabble in August over what was said in a call between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Khan.

The U.S. had said that Pompeo had raised the issue of Pakistan’s need to take decisive action against terrorists operating from its soil.

Pakistan had strongly denied that there was any talk on terrorists operating within the country.

AS IT HAPPENED

Trump Tweets

Khan Responds

Analysts React

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