Trump endorses Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

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"We welcome the positive development on the matter", said FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal while answering a question during the weekly press briefing. "You know I get along with India and the Prime Minister Modi, and he's constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan", Trump told reporters after his first Cabinet meeting of the year.

"I think most scholars would agree that Afghanistan was a contributing factor in the Soviet collapse, but I don't think anyone would go so far as to pin sole blame for the collapse on Afghanistan or to say that the Soviets went 'bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan, ' " said Sarah Cameron, a historian who studies Russian Federation and the Soviet Union at the University of Maryland. I don't know who's using it in Afghanistan but one of those things. "Why isn't Pakistan there?"

Earlier, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham, who is considered close to President Trump, told CNN in an interview that if Pakistan helped the United States in bringing the Taliban to the table for negotiations, then the U.S. would focus on counterterrorism and the ISIS. "Why are we there?"

The US president, while addressing a cabinet meeting, defended his demand to build a $5 billion wall, questioning why "we give away money to other countries but not to our own country".

External affairs ministry officials were left scratching their heads by the library reference as such a project was not completed in recent years and is not now being implemented. India is the largest donor in the region, said sources. Responding to Donald Trump, India said that developmental assistance to the war-ravaged country can help in transforming lives. "India does not send its armed forces overseas except under the specific mandate of UN Peacekeeping Operations", they said.

In 2017, India announced an additional assistance of $1 billion, which will be used for new projects like Shahtoot dam, water supply projects, road connectivity and also smaller community development projects.

Against the backdrop of the US' decision to cut down its army presence in Afghanistan, Afghan National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib is expected to visit India later this week to discuss security ties between New Delhi and Kabul. New Delhi has also provided 1.1 million tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan as well as a 400-bed children's hospital. "India doesn't need sermons from the U.S. on Afghanistan", he tweeted. "Trump doesn't need to be taken seriously by anyone as what he's saying is not flowing from any wisdom or sagacity", Sahni said.

Having publicly defended Russian Federation from charges that it subverted US President election that possibly led to him becoming the President, Trump went a step further in weird televised remarks on Wednesday by virtually endorsing the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan in 1978, saying "They were right to be there".

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