White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Tuesday that President Donald J. Trump was being truthful and straightforward when he said both India and Pakistan had asked him to help resolve the long-standing dispute over Kashmir.
“The president doesn’t make things up,” Kudlow told reporters outside the White House. “That’s a very rude question, in my opinion,” he continued, “I’m going to stay out of that, it’s outside of my lane. It’s for Mr. Bolton and Mr. Pompeo and the president. So, I’m not going to comment on that. The president doesn’t make things up,” said Kudlow.
During an Oval Office meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, President Trump made a comment that he was asked by the Indian prime minister to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.
But India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made “no such request.”
During the news briefing, when asked about China, Kudlow replied stating that Chinese companies are showing a willingness to buy U.S. agricultural products again. “That’s a very important point to our team,” said Kudlow. He stated that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have emphasized that during recent phone calls.
“I’m going to play that on the optimistic side and I think the going over there is a very good sign,” said Kudlow and that they wanted to resume from where they were in early May when they had “perhaps only 10 percent left to be negotiated.”
Last month President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed at the G20 Osaka summit to renew the stalled trade talks. This came after President Trump said he would not impose new tariffs and Xi said China would make agricultural purchases.
A hopeful Kudlow told White House reporters that he anticipates “a lot of positive news on that coming up” for Sino-U.S. trade deals.