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Pakistan took ‘tremendous advantage’ of US for years, says Donald Trump

President Trump’s remarks came a day after Pakistan secured the release of an American-Canadian family from the clutches of the Haqqani terror network, five years after they were abducted.
Reported by: PTI Washington October 14, 2017 10:27 IST
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Accusing Pakistan of taking “tremendous advantage” of the United States over the years, US President Donald Trump today said that the two countries are now “starting to have a real” relationship.

President Trump’s remarks came a day after Pakistan secured the release of an American-Canadian family from the clutches of the Haqqani terror network, five years after they were abducted.

“Yesterday, things happened with Pakistan. I have openly said Pakistan took tremendous advantage of our country for many years, but we’re starting to have a real relationship with Pakistan, and they’re to respect us as a nation again, and so are other nations,” Trump said.

Trump further said that the Pakistanis have started to respect the United States of America again and he thanked the leaders of Pakistan for “what they’ve been doing”.
Donald Trump, however, warned that his administration will call evil by its name. 

American citizen Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle along with their three children were rescued from the Haqqani network on Friday after an operation by Pakistani forces based on intelligence from the US authorities.

Trump had slammed Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so while announcing his Afghan and south Asia policy in August.

President Trump yesterday hailed the release of the hostages from Taliban captivity. He said their release was a “positive moment” for US relations with Pakistan.

Trump also praised Pakistan for its willingness to “do more to provide security in the region” and said the release suggests other “countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again.”