With ties between the two nations strained after American commandos killed Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison city, the Obama administration said it will suspend more than one-third of the $2 billion in annual U.S. aid to Pakistan's military.
President Obama's chief of staff, William Daley, confirmed Sunday that the United States will hold back $800 million of the money the administration had committed to assist the Pakistani military.
Pakistani authorities have pulled back on the country's level of cooperation with the U.S. in recent months.
Pakistani officials "have taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we were giving to their military," Daley said on ABC's "This Week." The suspension of aid was first reported in the New York Times.
Describing the relationship with the Pakistani government as "very complicated," Daley said that Obama's decision to launch the raid against Bin Laden without giving the Pakistani government advance notice is "something that the president felt strongly about and we have no regrets over."