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Kerry: US-Pakistan relationship 'has been tested'

From NBC's Lauren Stephenson
Questions are being raised today on Capitol Hill as to what Pakistan knew about the compound where Osama bin Laden was hiding out, just 35 miles north of Islamabad.

"I think everybody in America is scratching their heads and saying, 'Wow, you know, just north, near a military training school, how could this be?' And obviously we're going to have to search that," John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." 

Despite nearly $20 billion in civilian, government and military aid the United States has given to Pakistan since 9/11 -- not to mention the billions before 2001 -- Osama bin Laden was able to live in a one-million-dollar compound located only two miles from Pakistan's equivalent of West Point.

When pressed on the United States' lack of trust of the Pakistani government, Kerry admitted that there have been problems in the relationship.

"Over the course of the last year, we have run into some difficulties. The relationship has been tested. We had the Raymond Davis incident. We had some politicians in the country, in their country, in Pakistan, grossly exploiting this for their own benefit at the expense of the United States. I think that made a lot of people recoil." 

Despite the tension, Kerry acknowledged the Pakistani government has "allowed us to do a lot," including the ability to conduct drone strikes and have people on the ground.

While the revelation Osama bin Laden lived in a sprawling compound in a populous area has caused many to question the trustworthiness of the Pakistani government, the Massachusetts senator said he "was encouraged by the statement that Pakistan made today. Maybe that is an indicator of an awareness that the scale has tipped a little bit in this thing. And that they have to make a different set of calculations."