US President Donald Trump has mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for building a library in Afghanistan.
Speaking a press conference, Trump defended his push for the USA to invest less overseas. He spoke about many countries piggybacking on US, claiming to have helped in the Afghanistan war.
But he singled out Modi and saying that the Indian PM was constantly telling him that he had built a library in Afghanistan, that the former believes, is of no use. As always the US President sparked a heated Twitter debate with his statement.
However, the US President's words were debunked by basic fact checks run by people on Twitter.
A little birdie tells me @realDonaldTrump's remarks about Indian role in #Afghanistan wouldn't pass a basic fact check: India has built dams, schools, the parliament building and hospitals in Afghanistan but no library.— Rezaul Hasan Laskar (@Rezhasan) January 3, 2019
May be Trump should know that while he is decrying every other help in Af, India has been building not only libraries, but roads, dams, schools n even parliament building. We are building lives, for which d Afghan people thank us, no matter what others do or don’t. https://t.co/VUOIm1nuQd— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) January 3, 2019
India largest regional doner and 5th largest globally for Afghan reconstruction. + 3 billion in aid, +1,000 scholarships, +16,000 Afghans studying in India through aid programs, many Indian cos. & persons in rebuilding programs. And Trump sees only a library? Shame. https://t.co/engla2Xq5y— Meera Ravi (@MeeraRavi) January 3, 2019
Meanwhile, some people, as always saw the funny side of things.
And some were just tired of Trump making stupid statements about his own allies.
Not the first time Trump has mocked PM Modi/India. Earlier made comments over Harley Davidson (mocking Indian accent) , Trade, Climate Change "freeloading", Afghanistan "must pay their share" etc. GoI has not responded once. Maybe it should. https://t.co/nZ6NpYzeql— Suhasini Haidar (@suhasinih) January 3, 2019
(Not even going into how insulting and ignorant Trump's remarks were about Afghanistan. I mean, he wouldn't even begin to understand how important education is to Afghans and how Afghan students desperately crave it.)— Devirupa Mitra (@DevirupaM) January 2, 2019
The US President's statements were not only irresponsible but anybody with Google and an internet connection could tell that he wasn't being entirely truthful.