Roll Call reports:
Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee spoke with India’s ambassador to the U.S., Harsh Shringla, on Monday to apologize for President Donald Trump’s claim that he was asked by the Indian prime minister to mediate the Kashmir territorial conflict between his country and Pakistan.
“Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that India consistently opposes third-party mediation [regarding] Kashmir,” Rep. Brad Sherman of California tweeted Monday. “Everyone knows Modi would never suggest such a thing. Trump’s statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing,” he wrote.
Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel also pushed back against Trump’s suggestion to mediate the conflict on Monday, telling Shringla in a phone call Monday that the U.S. would effectively stay out of the disagreement.