How Trump ‘stumped’ Modi with his geography skills
“A Very Stable Genius” -- a 417-page book named after Trump’s own declaration of his superior knowledge -- reveals that the US leader once told Modi that “India and China didn't share a border”.
A new book authored by two Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalists -- Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig – has revealed that US President once left Prime Minister Narendra Modi “flabbergasted” with his "woefully" poor knowledge of geography. The American leader had apparently told Modi that “India and China didn't share a border”.
According to the Washington Post, “A Very Stable Genius” -- a 417-page book named after Trump’s own declaration of his superior knowledge -- is full of similarly vivid details from the President’s tumultuous first three years in White House, from his chaotic transition before taking office to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation and final report.
The businessman-turned-politician won the US presidential election in 2016 and assumed the position on January 20, 2017.
The book claimed during one of his meetings with Modi, Trump told him: "It's not like you've got China on your border."
However, the Washington Post report did not mention the year in which President Trump made this gaffe.
After Trump bungles his India-China geography, the authors, both Post reporters, claimed that "Modi's eyes bulged out in surprise" and his "expression gradually shifted, from shock and concern to resignation".
The two reporters were part of the team that won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on Trump and Russia.
The book quoted a Trump aide as saying that Modi probably "left that meeting and said, 'This is not a serious man. I cannot count on this man as a partner'".
"After the meeting", the aide told the authors, "the Indians took a step back in their diplomatic relations with the United States".
India and China have an unresolved border dispute that covers the 3,488 km Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Modi and Trump, who have developed a personal rapport, met four times in 2019, including their joint appearance at the historic “Howdy Modi!” event in Houston.
At the event, Modi gave tacit support to Trump's 2020 re-election bid, saying 'Abki Baar, Trump Sarkar".
"You can feel the strength and depth of the bonds between our two nations," Modi had said in his speech to introduce Trump to a wildly cheering crowd of some 50,000 Indians living in the US at the event. "When I met him for the first time, Trump said India has a true friend in the White House. Your presence here is a great testimony to that," the Indian leader said.
Both the leaders also spoke over phone at least twice last year.
During his visit to the US in September last year, Prime Minister Modi once again extended his invitation to Trump to visit India along with his family.