Trump transition official issues veiled threat to Pakistan

Published: January 3, 2017
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NEW DELHI: In an apparent reference to Pakistan, a member of United States President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team on Monday said the incoming president was not going to tolerate dual role from India’s neighbour.

Trump’s transition team official Shalab Kumar said both Washington and New Delhi will share good defence cooperation in fight against terrorism.

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“You need to have a good defence cooperation among friends which is happening already but this is going to accelerate dramatically in fight against terrorism. President-elect has made a policy very very clear, he is not going to tolerate the dual role from India’s neighbours,” said Kumar in New Delhi.

President-elect Donald Trump stunned the world on November 8 by defeating heavily favored Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path.

Trump had pledged that the United States and India would be “best friends” if he is elected and that he would boost intelligence sharing with India in the battle against Islamic militants.

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Kumar also said the prime objective during the first year of Trump’s presidency was to increase trade between the two countries.

“The goal of the first term of Trump Presidency is to increase that (trade) 100 billion a year to 300 billion a year and in that process is a win-win for all sides,” added Kumar.

Trump, who at 70 will be the oldest first-term US president, came out on top after a bitter and divisive campaign that focused largely on the character of the candidates and whether they could be trusted to serve as the country’s 45th president.

India-US ties have flourished under President Barack Obama and Modi, who came to power in 2014, with the two countries striking key defence agreements this year.

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The two countries cooperate on a wide range of issues including counterterrorism, regional security and defense. India is also a major market for US weapons.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • rich
    Jan 3, 2017 - 2:08PM

    great time for democraciesRecommend

  • Tp
    Jan 3, 2017 - 2:14PM

    He speaks the truth. Two-faced nations have no place in world polity.Recommend

  • salman
    Jan 3, 2017 - 2:15PM

    Why should we care what any Hindu saying about Pakistan.Recommend

  • Javaid Randhawa
    Jan 3, 2017 - 2:20PM

    We were friends of US in all odd and even days and what is the result? It is said that to be an enemy of US is quite acceptable but what US does with friends you can see Pakistan a good example. Now India has taken our place. Good luck India.Recommend

  • Arshad
    Jan 3, 2017 - 2:52PM

    Trump has to be careful of the ancestral background of his advisors. A leopard cannot change its spots.Recommend

  • abreez
    Jan 3, 2017 - 3:10PM

    A member of United States President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team on Monday said the incoming president was not going to tolerate dual role from India’s neighbour (Nepal).Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 3, 2017 - 3:51PM

    The would be Emperor knows that his treasury vault is empty and will soon learn that the walls and the sealings of the white house require urgent repairs and renovation. His team of transition will leave without being paid the bonus because of doing a lousy job as well. The chinese and the Noth koreans will keep his security team busy while the middle east his family members. The guy will keep awy from terrorism issues of the far east.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Jameel
    Jan 3, 2017 - 4:13PM

    Trump had also offer to mediate on the issue of Kashmir. Pakistan will rather welcome in intervention to solve the issue of Kashmir. Recommend

  • hari
    Jan 3, 2017 - 4:47PM

    @Jameel:
    Yep his solution is to liberate the Pakistan occupied Kashmir and reunite it with India. Hope all Pakistanis like you agree.Recommend

  • Umair
    Jan 3, 2017 - 4:55PM

    Now India will have to buy billions of dollars of weapons from the US which they will probably never get to use. Only one clear winner. and more than 1.2bn losers from this dealRecommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Jan 3, 2017 - 4:59PM

    @Jameel Pakistan is the violator of UN Resolution, Simla Agreement & Lahore Declaration on Kashmir.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Jan 3, 2017 - 5:35PM

    By trade he means selling weapons to India worth billions. India, will make america great again..Recommend

  • Humza
    Jan 3, 2017 - 6:19PM

    @Tp: Isn’t the biggest two faced nation India? When it illegally held onto Indian Indian occupied Kashmir and refuses to allow a UN referendum so the people there can decide their own future? This was promised by Nehru at the time of independence. Instead India has 1 000 000 soldiers to crush the people in Indian occupied Kashmir. This is the core problem in the region and hopefully Trump can help address this core reason for all of India’s hostility.Instead of Indian making toilets for 500 million people in poverty it is the 2 nd largest importer of weapons.Recommend

  • al
    Jan 3, 2017 - 7:32PM

    Yes bring it on…no one cares.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Jan 3, 2017 - 9:07PM

    As long as we do not get sanctioned.Recommend

  • Huzur
    Jan 3, 2017 - 9:15PM

    @Humza:
    Kashmir is a dead sissue and there is no juice left in it.No point in tom tomming about plebiscite and Nehru said.Pantsuit is equally guilty in not complying with UN resolutions and in any case as Trump said UN is just a place to spend time and waste country’s money.Recommend

  • curious2
    Jan 3, 2017 - 9:16PM

    Duplicitous behavior has been the hallmark of USA/Pakistan relations and the primary reason why Obama has a poor opinion of Pakistan. New policy from Pakistan combined with new Leader in White House would go a long way to restoring relationship …. but that’s probably wishful thinking.Recommend

  • Mrs. Pasha
    Jan 3, 2017 - 10:02PM

    Mr Kumar said so and so…. and I was taking this news seriously… LOL.Recommend

  • Madan
    Jan 3, 2017 - 10:20PM

    He is a Muslim and Pakistan hater. India needs to keep its distance from such people. The raison d’etre of the Indian state is secularism and not hate-mongering.Recommend

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