Trump says Pakistan doing ‘little’ to fight militant groups, while India doing ‘nothing’
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that other countries must assume the battle against extremists as his country negotiates a withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Trump administration has reduced the US military presence in Syria and Iraq and is negotiating a withdrawal from Afghanistan with the Taliban insurgents.
But defense experts warn that a vacuum left by the United States could allow an extremist resurgence.
“Other countries must assume the battle against extremists as the US negotiates a withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Trump told reporters. “At a certain point Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, they are going to have to fight their battles too.”
However, Trump singled out India and Pakistan as frontline countries that are doing little to fight militant groups.
“Look, India’s right there, they are not fighting it, we’re fighting it. Pakistan is next door. They’re fighting it, very little…. it’s not fair. The United States is seven thousand miles away,” he added.