The No. 2 House Democrat said Tuesday he was concerned Pakistani officials may not have done enough to help expose and hunt down Osama bin Laden, who was living in a large compound in a middle-class neighborhood near a military academy in Abbottabad, Pakistan, when killed by U.S. forces Sunday.
And while House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, stopped short of saying the United States should cut aid immediately to Pakistan as a result, he said the matter “raises questions that ought to be looked at.”
“To the extent that there is not full cooperation, I think we’ll need to make a very strong position, and I frankly think that if there’s not a strong response [from Pakistan], that will undermine the Congress’ willingness to pursue policies related to assistance to the Pakistanis,” Mr. Hoyer said during his weekly briefly with reporters at the Capitol.
Mr. Hoyer suggested that Pakistani officials should have known bin Laden’s whereabouts.
“This was not some cave in some strange area of the country; it was, in fact, in the midst of a lot of activity,” he said. “And one would wonder how it was possible for somebody like Osama bin Laden, one of the most infamous people in the world, to be secreted there for a long period of time without people knowing about it.”