Joe Biden, the White House challenger has yet again condemned Donald Trump- US President, just days before the United States elects its next leader. This time, over Trump’s choice of words as Biden, accused him of a poor understanding of global issues.
The democrat, Biden called out the US President over calling India “filthy” during the leaders’ final face-off at the last presidential debate on Friday.
Biden wrote on Twitter, “President Trump called India “filthy.” It’s not how you talk about friends—and it’s not how you solve global challenges like climate change. @KamalaHarris and I deeply value our partnership—and will put respect back at the center of our foreign policy.”
Trump during the presidential debate while seeking a second tenure referred to India’s “filthy air” as he defended his decision to pull out of the Paris accord. This is a key global deal to combat climate change all while reducing CO2 emission among various other steps. Trump was quoted saying, “Look at India. It’s filthy. The air is filthy.”
This sparked outrage on Twitter and other social media sites who slammed the president for his unruly comment. Many even pointed out the fact that the US has also been facing problems concerning pollution, specifically air pollution. However, many even said that Trump’s comment has highlighted an issue in India that has been prevailing for a long time.
During the televised debate, Trump was heard saying, “I will not sacrifice millions of jobs… thousands of companies because of the Paris Accord. It is very unfair.” His remarks also came ahead of the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper to New Delhi.
Subsequently, on Sunday morning Biden slammed Trump on Twitter all by elaborating his links with the Indian American community in a blog. He wrote, “Four years ago in November, one of the last events I hosted at the Vice President’s residence was a Diwali reception. Here I was, an Irish Catholic Vice President opening my home for a holiday traditionally observed by Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains, and that night joined by Muslims, Christians, and Indian Americans of various backgrounds representing the diversity of the diaspora. In the shadow of a devastating and dark election, we gathered together for the festival of lights and new beginnings.”
He further stressed that they have found hope and a sense of belonging with each other and that is the America that he loved and, “four years later, that is what our campaign is about.” He added that he has always felt deeply connected to the Indian American community because of the values that both share which is a duty to family and elders, treating people with respect and dignity, self-discipline, service, and hard work.
Biden wrote, “The truth is, President Trump doesn’t share our values. As a result, today’s America doesn’t feel like the America of our dreams.” He added that Obama-Biden years were some of the best for the US-India ties and a Biden-Harris administration will build on that great progress and do even more. He insisted “we can and should be natural allies.”
If Biden is elected as the President of the US, Kamala Harris- an India-American, will be the first-ever women vice president of the United States. The US will vote to elect its next president on November 3.