WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has hit hard at India and levelled serious allegations against the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi.
Trumps recent allegations on India trying to extract billions of dollars in foreign aid in exchange for signing the climate change accord which has raised many questions on Modi’s visit to the US on Friday.
US President had lashed out at India and some other countries while withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord.
The high-pitched speech claimed that America was falling victim at the hands of the rest of the world. This had sparked a lot of tension between Washington and India as Indian officials and diplomats took stock of Trump’s direct, no-holds-barred attack in which he accused New Delhi of trying to extract “billions and billions and billions” of dollars in foreign aid from the developed world to sign up for the climate accord .
Although dates for the Prime Minister’s trip have not been formally or officially announced, the White House has penciled in June 26-27 for the first face-to-face meeting between Trump and Modi.
That expected meeting, if it does take place, will now take place under a cloud of misgivings, including the Trump administration’s crackdown of guest worker visas that is negatively affecting Indian businesses, its squeeze on US manufacturing abroad that is forcing a scaling down of US investment in India, and now its withdrawal from the climate change accord after previous administrations dragged New Delhi kicking and screaming into it.
Although no one is talking of canceling the visit yet, Trump’s harsh critiques have cooled the expected ardor between Washington and New Delhi that a small constituency of Trump in both countries had anticipated and forecast. Trump repeatedly raged against India, China, and rest of the world on Thursday, casting the US as a victim of global machinations.
“India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries,” he fumed in a 27-minute, 3000-word tirade in the White House Rose Garden while declaring that the “bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States.”
The US President then went on to claim that India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020 and China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants, but the US can’t under the Paris agreement.
“Think of it: India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours,” the US President fumed, arguing that “compliance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the US could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025” figures that are contested even within the US.