According to senior administration officials, President Donald Trump is known to mock Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a fake accent, opening the possibility of tension in their seemingly friendly relationship.
This marks the third report in recent weeks that cast Trump in an insensitive light at best, racist at worst. Trump reportedly referred to Haiti and African countries as "shitholes" during immigration negotiations. And he intimated that an intelligence analyst he met during an intelligence briefing should be helping him with the North Korea problem, because her parents were Korean.
The Washington Post reported Mr Trump’s behaviour in the context of the US’s provision of additional troops to Afghanistan, where it is supposed to have adopted a non-combat role.
It said Mr Trump imitated the accent of Mr Modi, who can speak and understand English but prefers to converse in his native Hindi, and claimed that he said to him: “Never has a country given so much away for so little in return” - as the United States in Afghanistan.
The White House, State Department, and Indian officials in Washington did not comment on the alleged incident.
If true, it would not be the first time Mr Trump had adopted a fake Indian accent. In the spring of 2016, during the election campaign, Mr Trump used a such a voice to mock a call centre representative in India.