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Pakistan doesn't do a damn thing for us: Trump after blocking military aid

Speaking in an exclusive interview, Trump further charged that the Pakistan government helped wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden to hide in their country

ANI  |  Washington 

Donald Trump
Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

doesn't do "a damn thing for us", United States President said in his latest interview to Fox News, while defending his administration's decision to pull hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to the Asian country.

Trump further charged that the government helped wanted terrorist to hide in their country.

"We give $1.3 billion a year . ... [bin Laden] lived in Pakistan, we're supporting Pakistan, we're giving them $1.3 billion a year --which we don't give them anymore, by the way, I ended it because they don't do anything for us, they don't do a damn thing for us," Trump was quoted saying in the interview.

Speaking exclusively to Fox News' Chris Wallace in a wide-ranging interview, Trump also admitted that he occasionally enjoys calling on CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta.

"Actually I like to do it, but in many cases I don't," Trump said.

Trump, speaking to Wallace, floated another idea for dealing with Acosta.

"I think one of the things we'll do is maybe turn the camera off that faces them, because then they don't have any air time, although I'll probably be sued for that and maybe, you know, win or lose it, who knows," Trump was quoted saying in the interview.

"I mean, with this stuff you never know what's going to happen," Trump added.

Trump also called Acosta to be "unbelievably rude to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee, who's a wonderful woman." Trump said his administration is currently formulating "rules and regulations" for the White House reporters. "And if he misbehaves, we'll throw him out or we'll stop the news conference," the President added.

Meanwhile, refuting the media reports that labeled the President to be acting bitterly and resentful following the midterm elections, Trump called it to be "disgusting fake news," and addressed some potential high-level departures from his administration.

Speaking on Department of Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump suggested he wants to see an improvement on border security. The first members of a large Central American migrant caravan reached the Mexican city of Tijuana last week and were photographed attempting to climb a border fence there.

In addition, Trump also expressed his regret over not being able to visit the Arlington National Cemetary in Washington, D.C., on Veterans Day, which former President Barack Obama did every year while he was in office.

First Published: Sun, November 18 2018. 23:40 IST