Donald Trump on hate crimes, Delhi riots: ‘Modi told me his govt is working closely with Muslims’
The US President also reiterated his willingness to mediate in the Kashmir crisis between New Delhi and Islamabad.
Some key points of Donald Trump’s press meet are listed below.
- On rise in hate crimes and Modi government’s handling of Muslims:
“I got a really powerful answer from Prime Minister Modi. He said the government was working closely with the Muslims.”
- On the North-East Delhi riots:
"We did talk about religious freedom. The PM said he wants people to have religious freedom. They have worked really hard on it. I heard about the individual attacks but I did not discuss it. It is up to India."
- On Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA):
"I don't want to discuss that, I want to leave that to India. I hope they will do the right thing for the people of India."
- On Kashmir:
"India and Pakistan are working on their problem. My relationship with both PMs is strong. Anything I can do to mediate, I will. They (Pakistan) are working on Kashmir. Kashmir has been a thorn in lots of people's sight for a long time. There are two sides to every story."
- On cross-border terrorism:
"We talked a lot about it at length today. No question it is a problem. They are working on it. I said I will do whatever I can do to help because my relationship with both gentlemen (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan) is so good. Anything I can do to mediate, I would do."
- On trade tariffs:
“India has one of the highest tariffs in the world. That needs to go.”
- On Indian companies buying Venezuelan oil through third party:
“We are in the middle of taking steps. You will hear about them soon.”