Trump Mocks Modi for Building Library in Afghanistan

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From trade to defense, there have been hits and misses in India-US relations last year, despite increasingly close strategic partnership focused on China containment.

PKONWEB Report (Washington/Islamabad) — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, suggesting it was of no use.

Trump brought up India´s aid during a rambling press appearance at a cabinet meeting as he defended his push for the United States to invest less overseas.

While stating that he got along with Modi, Trump said the Indian leader was “constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan.”

“You know what that is? That´s like five hours of what we spend,” Trump said.

“And we´re supposed to say, ´Oh, thank you for the library.´ I don´t know who´s using it in Afghanistan,” Trump said.

From trade to defense, there have been hits and misses in India-US relations last year, despite increasingly close strategic partnership focused on China containment.

Trump last month moved to cut by half the 14,000-strong force in Afghanistan as he announced pulling all 2,000 US troops out of Syria calling for less spending overseas.

Alluding in Wednesday´s remarks to the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Trump said: “Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan.”

Pakistan played key role in the 11-year anti-Soviet campaign. Decades later, it’s playing pivotal role in bringing durable peace in Afghanistan.

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