US-Pakistani ties have taken a nosedive under Trump, who in August declared that "Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror". He voiced his support for the protesters there, saying it is "TIME FOR CHANGE".
It was not immediately clear what prompted Mr Trump's criticism of Pakistan but he has long complained that Islamabad is not doing enough to tackle Islamist militants.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said he would respond to the US President's tweet shortly after the latter blamed the country for providing safe havens to terrorists. "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help", he said in his first tweet of 2018.
Lisa Curtis, who is the director for South and Central Asia on Trump's National Security Council, co-authored an article with former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani past year which said that the "activities and operations of diverse terror groups on and from Pakistani soil, and the government's failure to rein them in, threaten vital USA national security interests in the region".
Pak Army also reacted strongly against the accusations of Donald Trump and said, the annual aide Pakistan received from the United States was "reimbursement for support Islamabad gave to the coalition for its fight against Al Qaeda". The Trump administration has withheld $255 million that has been earmarked for military assistance to Pakistan, the report said.
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Hitting back at the United States, the Foreign Office warned against a "malicious campaign" being used to trivialize Pakistan's achievements in the war against terrorism, and noted that "allies do not put each other on notice".
Efforts by Pakistani leaders to oust terrorists were also criticized by Trump's predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Trump met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on two occasions in 2017, with both leaders expressing warmth towards each other.
Kugelman noted Trump tweeted in October that relations with Pakistan were improving, when some experts suggested they were not.
Abbasi has said in interviews Pakistan is committed to the fight against terrorism, and has suffered significant casualties through the years due to deadly attacks from militant groups.
Pakistan recently was among the countries to condemn the US for announcing it would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, with the goal of eventually moving the American embassy there.