President Donald Trump "does not makeup things", a top presidential adviser said on Tuesday when asked about a question on his stunning claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to meditate on the Kashmir issue, remarks which have been strongly refuted by India.
It is "a very rude question," Trump's Chief Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow told reporters at the White House when a journalist following up on the president's remarks asked if it was made up.
"The President does not make anything up. That's a very rude question in my opinion. I am going to stay out of that. It's outside of my lane. It's for Mr (National Security Advisor John) Bolton, Mr (Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo and President, so I am not going to comment on that. President does not make things up," Kudlow said.'
However, the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday reiterated his ministry's position on the fallacious claim made by President Donald Trump on Kashmir during his meeting with Pakistan PM Imran Khan outside Oval Office in Washington DC, United States. Trump in response to Khan's comment on Kashmir lied saying that PM Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate between the two countries on the issue.
He said, "I would like to categorically ensure the House that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US president. I reiterate no such request has been made to the US President. I would, Sir, also reiterate that it has been India's consistent position that all outstanding issue by Pakistan is discussed bilaterally. I would further underline that any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism. Let me conclude by emphasising that Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration provide the basis for to resolve all issue between India and Pakistan bilaterally. I hope there won't be any confusion in anyone's mind."
#TrumpKashmirLie | I would like to categorically assure the house that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US President: EAM S Jaishankar responds in the Rajya Sabha on Trump's mediation claim— Republic (@republic) July 23, 2019
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This claim comes on the day when US Representative from California's San Fernando Valley Brad Sherman on Tuesday said that he apologised to Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Shringla over Donald Trump's false claim that he was asked to mediate between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue by PM Narendra Modi.
Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that #India consistently opposes third-party mediation re #Kashmir. Everyone knows PM Modi would never suggest such a thing. Trump’s statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing. 1/2— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) July 22, 2019