Report: Trump Told India’s Prime Minister That His Country Doesn’t Border China.
President Trump has again eroded the credibility of his administration, this time on the basics of geography, incorrectly telling Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “It’s not like you’ve got China on your border,” according to The Washington Post.
A new book by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig seeks to “expose how decision-making in [Trump’s] administration has been driven by one man’s self-centered and unthinking logic.”
Details in the book suggest that Trump’s mishandling of information and misinformation can carry larger consequences.
After Trump seemed to mix up his India-China geography, he dismissed the threat that China poses to India. “Modi’s eyes bulged out in surprise,” the authors write.
“Modi’s expression gradually shifted, from shock and concern to resignation,” they continue, adding that one Trump aide concluded that Modi probably “left that meeting and said, ‘This is not a serious man. I cannot count on this man as a partner.’”
The aide explained that “‘the Indians took a step back’ in their diplomatic relations with the United States,” following the meeting.
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