The US President Donald Trump has accused India of demanding "billions and billions and billions" of dollars in green funds in the Paris climate change accord.
His harsh words have overshadowed the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi's visit to the US which was expected to take place in the month of June itself, although the dates of their meeting weren't officially announced.
Though, this isn't the first time when President Trump has said some harsh words against India or nations like China who're associated with Paris Climate Change Accord.
During his presidential campaigns, Donald Trump promised several things. One of them was to make sure that the US pulled off its hands from this deal within 100 days of their government. All of us know how unsuccessfully Trump has succeeded in bringing his plan into action.
Let's have a look at some details!
The American President Donald Trump put the blame on India and some other countries as he made the announcement to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Accord.
The big speech was full of many claims. One of them was how America is being victimised significantly by all the nations around the world. All of this has raised a question mark over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US this month.
Though the dates of Trump and Modi's meeting have not been announced officially, TOI reports that the meeting is likely to take place on June 26-27, 2017.
Now, if everything goes well and Indian PM decides to meet Trump, then there are chances that two leaders may not meet in a very suitable environment. Serious disagreements are bound to surface.
Trump's government to abolish the guest worker visa has already affected Indian businesses, especially the IT sector.
India and Trump has a timeworn connection. Directly or indirectly, Trump has invested a lot of money in India. It has been evident when two Indian businessmen were among the first ones to congratulate Trump personally on his major win in the US presidential elections.
He has well-wisher in both the countries, so it is hard to accept that the meeting between Trump and Modi could get cancelled.
"Trump directly attacked India during his speech in which he accused New Delhi of trying to extract "billions and billions and billions" of dollars in foreign aid from the developed world to sign up for the climate accord," TOI quotes President Trump.
Cellphones, landlines and most probably all the lines of communication between New Delhi and Washington were continuously buzzing, as Indian bureaucrats, and officials were quick to react to President Trump's rant on Friday (June 2, 2017) in India (Thursday in the US).
In fact, even when it comes to withdrawal, America is the only nation to stand alone. Making some doubtful remarks on coal production, Trump stated that countries like India and China would be allowed to double the production of coal in their countries, while America has to almost shut down its processes as per the deal.
"Countries like India can double their coal production. We're supposed to get rid of ours, according to our agreement with the terms of the Paris Accords. Whereas, the onerous energy restrictions could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025," said American president.
President Trump's claims that India was seeking "billions and billions and billions" of dollars in this deal is an entirely false statement. "The Total foreign aid to India in 2015 from developed countries was only $3.1 billion, with US aid to India only around $100 million," say reports.
Trump insisted that, "The Paris accord is less about climate change and more about other countries realising financial gains over the United States."
"A cynic would say the obvious reason for economic competitors and their wish to see us remain in the agreement is so that we continue to suffer this self-inflicted major economic wound, hamstrings the United States while empowering some of the world's top polluting countries," said Trump as Vox reports.
"It should dispel any doubt as to the real reason why foreign lobbyists wish to keep our magnificent country tied up and bound down by this agreement: It's to give their country an economic edge over the United States. And this is not going to happen when I'm the President, I'm sorry."
What new turns it'd bring around the world, especially between India-America relationship would be interesting to see.
That's all, folks!