Madiha Afzal, nonresident fellow in Global Economy and Development, discusses Trump’s first tweet of 2018, which called out the country of Pakistan for the aid it has received from the United States in the past few years, while accusing the country of providing only “lies and deceit” in return. Afzal analyzes what is surprising about this tweet, and how she thinks relations between the two countries will develop from here.
[The duplicity of Pakistan's intelligence services was] baked into the stock price of U.S.-Pakistan relations. They were at times minimally responsive, but we always hit a wall. The outstanding list of Al Qaeda-affiliated figures [still operating in Pakistan] is small. But the Haqqani list is moving in the other direction.