President Trump mocked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, suggesting it was of no use.
Trump brought up India´s aid during a rambling press appearance at a cabinet meeting as he defended his push for the United States to invest less overseas.
While stating that he got along with Modi, Trump said the Indian leader was “constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan.”
“You know what that is? That´s like five hours of what we spend,” Trump said.
“And we´re supposed to say, ´Oh, thank you for the library.´ I don´t know who´s using it in Afghanistan,” Trump said.
It was unclear to which project Trump was referring, but India has committed $3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since US-led forces toppled the extremist Taliban regime after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Projects have included the reconstruction of an elite high school in Kabul and scholarships to India for 1,000 Afghan students each year.
Inaugurating the Afghan parliament building in 2015 after reconstruction financed by India, Modi promised to promote programs “empowering Afghan youth with modern education and professional skills.”
India investing heavily in Afghanistan, buying its influence and changing the regime. In the former Taliban regime sheltered anti-Indian militants.