The Congress on Thursday termed as “completely unacceptable” US President Donald Trump’s ‘library’ jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked the government to remind America of India’s assistance to Afghanistan.
Trump took a jibe at Modi for funding a “library” in Afghanistan, saying it is of no use in the war-torn country. He also criticised India and others for not doing enough for the land-locked nation’s security. Emphasizing that he got along with PM Modi, Donald Trump said he 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.”
“India firmly believes in the critical role that developmental assistance can play in transforming human lives,” said government sources on Thursday.
“Dear Mr Trump, stop mocking India’s PM. India doesn’t need sermons from the US on Afghanistan,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.
“Humanitarian needs to strategic economic partnership, we are one with our Afghan brothers and sisters,” Mr Surjewala added.
He added that under former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, India helped build Afghan National Assembly.
“The tenor and tone of the American President describing the Prime Minister of India is not in good taste and is completely unacceptable,” senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said.
“Hope our Government responds firmly and reminds America that since 2004, India has built extensive roads, dams in Afghanistan and pledged over $3 billion in assistance,” he added.
This was not the first time that Donald Trump, who is infamous for his outbursts on Twitter, has tried to mock PM Modi. In January last year, a Washington Post report said that he puts on the Indian accent and “imitates” PM Modi while discussing Afghanistan policy.
“Senior administration officials said that the president has been known to affect an Indian accent and imitate Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in an Oval Office meeting last year told him, “Never has a country given so much away for so little in return” as the United States in Afghanistan,” said the Washington Post report.