Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi over US’ growing ties with Pakistan, says, ‘Trump needs another hug’.
Donald Trump in a tweet appreciated Pakistan and its leaders, a day after the Pakistani security forces rescued an American-Canadian family from the clutches of the Haqqani terror network, operative in Islamabad.
NEW DELHI: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his claims of growing friendship between India and the United States, also sweeping US President Donald Trump and
Pakistan away in a single stroke.
Responding to Trump’s tweet that talked of America’s evolving friendship with Pakistan, Rahul Gandhi
took to Twitter and wrote, “Modi ji quick; looks like President Trump needs another hug.” Trump’s tweet
had come a day after the Pakistani security forces rescued an American-Canadian family from the
clutches of the Haqqani terror network, operative in Islamabad.
In a marked turnaround of sorts, Trump had earlier accused Pakistan of “housing the very terrorists
that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately.” This was after
Prime Minister Modi’s June visit to the US wherein Trump’s description of the former as a ‘true friend’
had set the tone for a successful bilateral meeting between the two nations, and rightly so, from their
bear-hug to their praises for each other, everything reeked of a growing bonhomie between the world
leaders. The Congress had back then too downplayed the essentiality of the visit and its aftermath.
Meanwhile, several media reports have cornered Trump over his sudden claims of growing ties with
Pakistan, accusing him of going back on his word and policies of counter-terrorism. Reports also say
that officials in India are now keen to see the follow-up actions of the US President.
The tweet is also likely to become a part of the discussions between Indian leaders and US Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson, when he visits India in the last week of October.