Pakistan summons USA envoy as Trump doubles down on criticism


McRaven had in 2017 described the president's attacks on the news media as "the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime".

"And we give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year.[bin Laden] lived in Pakistan, we're supporting Pakistan, we're giving them $1.3 billion a year".

McRaven criticized Trump in August of this year after the president revoked the security clearances of former intelligence officials that spoke out against him, including former CIA Director John Brennan.

"I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else", McRaven told CNN.

Four hours after Khan's tweets, President Trump returned to the subject again, tweeting, "Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did".

Wallace opened the floor to get her panel's reaction to Trump's "smears", which prompted Zerlina Maxwell to remark that the GOP can not claim to be pro-military if they're going to go along with Trump's attacks instead of demanding an apology.

"Wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn't it have been nice?"

He swiped at Pakistan after addressing comments from retired Admiral William McRaven, who led the bin Laden raid. "U.S. "aid" was a minuscule $20bn", Khan tweeted Monday. "Now we will do what is best for our people and our interests".

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This isn't the first time O'Neill has been critical of the president.

Khan reacted sharply, recalling the Pakistani lives lost during the "war on terror", before appearing to suggest the United States should look closer to home for responsibility for the continued strength of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

While the Trump administration and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government are making efforts to reach a settlement with the Afghan Taliban, the fighters have continued their attacks on government forces, inflicting hundreds of casualties over recent weeks in assaults across Afghanistan. As commander of the Pentagon's Joint Special Operations Command in 2011, he oversaw the raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan.

Michael Kugelman, a United States foreign policy analyst wrote, "The Trump-Khan Twitter battle is officially on". Former Pakistani defense minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar told an Indian TV network in 2015 that Pakistani leadership knew that bin Laden was in Pakistan all along.

Despite the criticism, Trump is not backing away from that sentiment.

In a series of Twitter posts earlier Monday, Khan expressed disapproval of what he called Trump's interview "tirade".

As part of Trump's effort to resolve the 17-year war in Afghanistan, Washington has escalated pressure on Pakistan, whose assistance the US believes is needed to compel the Taliban to agree to negotiate with the government in Kabul.