Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., applauded the Trump administration's decision to suspend aid to Pakistan due to the country’s protection of terrorists.
“I think most Americans would support the President on this,” Paul told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Tuesday. “We don't like to see our money going to countries that burn our flag. In Pakistan, they incarcerate Christians.”
President Trump announced this week that the U.S. would suspend millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, and said the country has given the U.S. “nothing but lies and deceit” and granted terrorists a “safe haven.”
Over the last 15 years, the U.S. has provided $33 billion in aid to Pakistan, although the annual amount of aid has dropped in that span of time.
“At the very least, if you’re giving people money, they ought to be your friend and they ought to behave and they ought to be your ally,” Paul said. “There's some people who question whether Pakistani intelligence actually cooperates with the Haqqani network that actually kills our soldiers across the border in Afghanistan.”
“We also shouldn't give money to countries, ones that have mass protests burning our flag, and where the government itself condones putting Christians in jail for gossip,” he added.
Paul said that he discussed with Trump on Tuesday a solution to use some of the funding for infrastructure, an idea to which he believes Trump was receptive.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump first promised to deliver a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to improve the condition of U.S. roads, bridges, airports, and other public works.
The White House is expected to release an approximately 70-page infrastructure proposal in January for members of Congress to use to assist them in drafting legislation.