Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a subtle quip on President and Prime Minister of India getting "unfollowed" by the White House on Twitter saying he is "dismayed" by the move. The official Twitter handle of the White House (@WhiteHouse) has unfollowed the verified handles of President Ram Nath Kovind (@rashtrapatibhvn) and the Prime Minister's Office (@PMOIndia).
White House is the official residence of the President of the United States, the post held by Donald Trump. The handle posts regular updates on the Trump administration's actions and policies and live streams press briefings done there.
Rahul also "urged" the Ministry of External Affairs to "take note".
I'm dismayed by the "unfollowing" of our President & PM by the White House. I urge the Ministry of External Affairs to take note.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 29, 2020
According to media reports, the White House previously followed the personal Twitter handles of PM Narendra Modi, his office (PMO), President Ram Nath Kovind as well as the Indian embassy in Washington DC (@IndianEmbassyUS). With the unfollowing, the White House now follows just 13 accounts, all American individuals or American institutions. Even President Donald Trump's personal account no longer follows PM Modi.
Recently, the ties between India and the US has seen hickups over issues related to the supply of Hydroxychloroquine. President Donald Trump had hinted to "retaliate" after India imposed curbs on exports of the anti-malarial drug following claims that HCQ can be used asa deterrent against COVID-19. Following this, India scrambled to partially lift the ban and resumed exports to Ameria.
On a personal level, both PM Modi and President Trump share warm relationship with each other which have been much boasted in public domain.