September 12: The New Paper report by David A. Andelman states that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had to do some elaborate diplomatic two-steps during their swing across the Indian subcontinent last week. And that goes way beyond being forced to deny that either was the anonymous author of the stunning New York Times column disclosing that senior officials in the administration of President Donald Trump were "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations". Beyond the backdrop of reported tension over Mr Trump's mimicking of the accent of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there were the Gordian-like questions of choosing the United States' greatest friend between the arch rivals India and Pakistan.
The New York Times: Pakistan Angered by Trump’s Claim That It Does ‘Nothing’ for US
November 19 – The New York Times report by Salman Masood states that Pakistan reacted angrily on Monday to criticism by President Trump that the country had not done enough in return for years of United States military aid and that the government had harbored Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda.