Senator Rand Paul repeated a call by the President this week to end aid to Pakistan, saying that Trump is right because Pakistan provides a safe haven for terrorists, incarcerates Christians, and hates the US.
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” Paul said that aid should not be given to countries who deny human rights and openly oppose US principles.
“I think most Americans would support the president on this. Why don’t we like to see our money going to countries that burn our flag?” Paul said.“In Pakistan, they incarcerate Christians.” he added, explaining that “There is a Christian Asia Bibi that’s been on death row for five years.”
“They put a Dr. Shakil Afridi in jail for 33 years. He’s the guy that helps us get bin Laden.” Paul added, noting that “They looked the other way that bin Laden was there over a decade.”“So yes there should be conditions to it. We shouldn’t give money to countries that have mass protests burning our flag and put Christians in jail for gossip.” Paul exclaimed.“There’s no reason in the world we should give them one penny when they put Christians in jail or put people in jail that helped to get us bin Laden. That shows to me to—makes me think that they don’t care about being our ally.” he added.“At the very least, if you give people money, they ought to be your friend and they ought to be your ally. There’s some question whether Pakistani intelligence cooperates with the network that kills our soldiers across the border in Afghanistan.” Paul continued.
“Yeah, Americans agree with the president. We ought to quit sending good money after bad.” The Senator urged. Paul added that he has discussed with Trump how to put the money to better use. “And what I discussed with the president, I have an idea for using some of that money at home. We have bridges, roads that need repair. Keep that money at home and put it to rebuilding our infrastructure here at home.” he stated. Trump tweeted a promise Tuesday to put a halt to Pakistan receiving billions of dollars from the US government every year for the last decade and a half. The President said that no more will he tolerate the Pakistani authorities ‘lies and deceit’, and ‘thinking of our leaders as fools’.