NEW YORK: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chief Mike Pompeo has doubled down the discourse that Pakistan provides safe havens to militants.
Trump in his New Year tweet had blamed Pakistan for giving safe havens to the terrorists that the US hunts in Afghanistan.
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
The CIA chief pledged to “protect” the US interest if Pakistan fails to address the issue.
“We see that Pakistan is continuing to provide safe havens inside of Pakistan for terrorists who present risks to the United States of America,” Pompeo said.
He informed Pakistan that this is no longer acceptable and that the coalition will continue if Islamabad fixes the problem.
“If they fix this problem, we’re happy to continue to engage with them and be their partner. But if they don’t, we’re going to protect America.”
He made these remarks during an interview with American News Channel CBS.