That’s not how you talk to friends: Biden on Trump’s India ‘filthy’ comment

Says he and running mate Kamala Harris 'deeply value our partnership and will put respect back at the centre of our foreign policy'. 

Joe Biden
The Obama-Biden years were some of the best between India and the US. A Biden-Harris administration will build on that great progress and do even more. Biden said. Photo: Wikipedia

US presidential candidate Democrat Joe Biden has lashed out at President Donald Trump for calling India “filthy” because of air pollution, saying that is not how one talks about “friends” and that he had his running mate Kamala Harris value ties with India. 

“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,” Biden said in a tweet.

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While taking part in the final presidential debate on October 22 before the elections on November 3, Trump said China, India and Russia do not take care of their “filthy” air. “Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India. The air is filthy,” he said as he defended his decision to pull out of the Paris Accord on emissions. 

In response, Biden tweeted: “Kamala Harris and I deeply value our partnership and will put respect back at the centre of our foreign policy.” 

He also retweeted an op-ed piece he had written for the latest issue of India West weekly. In the article he said, “The Obama-Biden years were some of the best we’ve ever had between our two countries. A Biden-Harris administration will build on that great progress and do even more. We can and should be natural allies.” Biden served as vice-president during the tenure of Barack Obama as president between 2009 and 2017. 

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“That’s why if elected President, I will continue what I have long called for: The US and India will stand together against terrorism in all its forms and work together to promote a region of peace and stability where neither China nor any other country threatens its neighbours,” he said. 

“I’ve always felt deeply connected to the Indian American community because of the values we share: duty to family and elders, treating people with respect and dignity, self-discipline, service, and hard work.”

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