Trump’s Jibe At Modi On Afghan Library

Trump Gives Weird History Lesson on Afghanistan and Russia

Trump Gives Weird History Lesson on Afghanistan and Russia

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, suggesting it was of no use.

The remarks during a 95-minute cabinet meeting at the White House gave new insight into Trump's vision of Afghanistan and his frustration with the stalemate in that war-torn country-as well as with the generals who have advised him to stay, including his just-departed defense secretary, James Mattis.

Alleging that countries were not doing enough in the war-ravaged country, the US President emphasised the need for regional countries, including India, Russia and Pakistan, to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. "And we are subsidising their military is by billions and billions and billions of dollars, many, many, many times, what those soldiers cost that country".

Despite inviting Pakistan to play a more active role in Afghanistan, Trump was reported to have said his Cabinet colleagues in the same meeting that he cut $1.3 billion aid to the South Asian country "because they haven't been fair to us". The reason Russian Federation was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russian Federation. "Library! That's like five hours of what we spend (in Afghanistan)". "We are 6,000 miles away".

It is worth mentioning here that Trump, a month ago, had written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking Pakistan's help with stuttering Afghan peace talks and support in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to end the 17-year brutal war in the neighbouring country.

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"And we're supposed to say, 'Oh, thank you for the library.' I don't know who's using it in Afghanistan", Donald Trump said.

Trump last month moved to pull all 2,000 United States troops out of Syria and cut by half the 14,000-strong force in Afghanistan, calling for less spending overseas. "We are talking to a lot of different people".

Responding to a question, he said he wants India to be involved in Afghanistan.

Also, it is unclear why he thinks India ought to be fighting in Afghanistan (or, really, why he would want to encourage Pakistan to invade). They were right to be there.

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