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Nauert: Trump Has Pushed Pakistan for Months on Terrorism Issue

(Fox News' "America's Newsroom")

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jan 2018 03:23 PM

President Donald Trump has asked Pakistan repeatedly to take more action against terrorists and militants, and the government's decision to hold back $255 million in funding is something that had been known could happen for several months, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday.

"We have had a complicated relationship with Pakistan," Nauert told Fox News' "America's Newsroom," explaining it is the president's decision, ultimately, to take action. "You may recall they were of assistance to the U.S. government when it came to releasing the Coleman family, an American citizen from the United States late last year. But yet it was a country that harbored Osama bin Laden. It has been a complicated relationship with them."

The Trump administration Monday decided to withhold more than a quarter-billion dollars in military aid to Pakistan over its protection of terrorists, according to Fox News.

"The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in [Fiscal Year] 2016 Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time," an unnamed National Security Council officials said.

"The president has made clear that the United States expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists and militants on its soil, and that Pakistan's actions in support of the South Asia Strategy will ultimately determine the trajectory of our relationship, including future security assistance."

Nauert also commented on the continuing situation with protests in Iran, saying the United States is a leader in keeping pressure on the country's regime.

"We call out other nations when other nations are treating their people badly," she said. "We have seen thousands of protesters take to the streets in Iran and they are protesting for better economic opportunity. They expected to get something out of the Iran nuclear deal."

Instead, Iran's leaders have taken the money and spent it on Yemen rebels, in Syria, and to "outfit Hezbollah" rather than spend it on their own people, Nauert said.

"That's a concern of ours," she said. "We would like to see other nations around the world stand up in support of the Iranian people. We don't take issue with the Iranian people."

The administration is not looking for revolution in Iran, however, but is looking for its leaders to start listening to its citizens, Nauert said.

"It is not doing that yet, and I won't get ahead of things at this point," she added.

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President Donald Trump's decision to hold back $255 million in funding is something that had been known could happen after several months of pressuring Pakistan to take more action against terrorists, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday.
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