Unlike most Republicans, President Donald Trump has been a big proponent of the idea of initiating a infrastructure spending plan in order to improve America’s roads, bridges, tunnels, and airports.
Recently, President Trump took to Twitter in order to praise Senator Rand Paul’s idea to fund infrastructure projects with aid that was supposed to go to Pakistan.
In a pithy tweet, President Trump linked Paul’s original tweet and wrote: “Good idea Rand!”
In Paul’s original tweet (which contained a short video of the Kentucky Republican talking), he wrote, “My bill will take the money that would have gone to Pakistan and put it in an infrastructure fund to build roads and bridges here at home.”
Paul’s proposal comes in the wake of the announcement on Thursday that the U.S. will no longer provide Pakistan with $2 billion in security assistance aid.
The White House said in a statement that it had decided to cancel the funding because Pakistan has so far failed to take “decisive action” to stop Pakistan-based militants from attacking U.S. and Afghan forces across the border in Afghanistan.
For decades, the United States has sent military advisors and cash to the Muslim republic. During the 1970s, Pakistan was seen as a bulwark against the left-wing governments of India. However, as the 1970s became the 1980s, U.S. officials recognized that Pakistan was funding jihadist groups in Central Asia and South Asia.
It is widely believed by many U.S. intelligence experts that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency is the main backer of the Taliban, which it sees as a way to keep Afghanistan in turmoil.
The killing of Osama Bin Laden in 2011 brought home the fact that Pakistan’s intelligence services had provided some support to the wanted Al-Qaeda leader, who found safety in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
President Trump, realizing that the U.S. has been funding a terroristic regime for years, recently said that the U.S. has been “foolishly” supporting Pakistan, which practices “lies & deceit.”
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, also accused Pakistan of playing a “double game” when it comes to the War on Terrorism.
“That game is not acceptable in this administration. We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism,” Haley said.
If the Pakistan aid money is requisitioned for infrastructure spending, then the U.S. government could disburse up billions of dollars to private construction companies and state governments all across the country.
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