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Trump likely mistook ‘parliament’ for ‘library’ in his India put-down on Afghanistan aid

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The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a word with the President of the States Donald Trump about the Parliament building India built in Kabul.

This was done in consideration of a crowning attempt by India’s reconstruction efforts in war-torn Afghanistan during their June 2017 meeting in the White House.

However, the library stated by Trump could not be found by the State Officials to belittle India’s reconstruction efforts earlier this week, angering India, and also confusing it.

Officials tried hard to find that library the US president was referring, and even the most experienced of India’s Afghan hands couldn’t recall one.

A  person who was present at the June 26 meeting in the White House but did not want to be identified so as to be able speak freely about a conversation that was supposed to have stayed confidential until Trump went public with it, and got it “all wrong” stated,

The prime minister spoke to President Trump about the parliament building during their discussion on Afghanistan at the White House meeting.”

The US President stated,

I get along very well with India and Prime Minister. But he is constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan.”


The American State President was trying to make a point that US investments in Afghanistan — in personnel, material and money terms were unmatched by that of allies and partners, a notion that was questioned and criticized from the moment it was mooted.

Trump said,

That’s like — you now what that is it — that’s like 5 hours of what we spend.”

He added,

“And we are supposed to say oh, thank you for the library.”

With sarcasm intended, knowing he was on terms were air, live and recording, which would be watched in New Delhi. He knows the medium better than most world leaders having found celebrity and recognition through a TV reality show he had helmed.

With sarcasm intended, knowing he was on terms were air, live and recording, which would be watched in New Delhi. He knows the medium better than most world leaders having found celebrity and recognition through a TV reality show he had helmed.

Prime Minister Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated it jointly the building 8 years after, in 2015, and New Delhi has since considered it as a crowning achievement of its efforts there, that have included highways, power projects, hospitals, transportation and support for the country’s financial systems.

Prime Minister Modi had said in his speech inaugurating the building,

This Parliament Complex is a small tribute to your progress as a nation and a democracy, And, it will stand as an enduring symbol of the ties of emotions and values, of affection and aspirations that bind us in a special relationship.”

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