Trump and Modi
Trump and Modi
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On Monday (local time), Donald Trump did his best Mafiosi with bad hair impression as he threatened India over the export of hydroxychloroquine.

Trump was quoted saying: “I spoke to him (PM Modi), Sunday morning & I said we appreciate it that you are allowing our supply (of Hydroxychloroquine) to come out, if he doesn't allow it to come out, that would be okay, but of course, there may be retaliation, why wouldn't there be?”

What does retaliation mean?

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary: “the act of hurting someone or doing something harmful to someone because they have done or said something harmful to you.”

Examples:

The bomb attack was in retaliation for the recent arrest of two well-known terrorists.

She suffered severe retaliation for writing articles for the newspapers.

Donald Trump’s tone is not strange to anyone who has followed him for the last four years, and he often takes belligerent tones before calming down. For example, he was calling COVID-19 the Chinese Virus every single time until the chat with Xi Jinping which appears to have calmed his outbursts.

Trump and Modi

President Donald Trump has warned India that the US may retaliate if it did not export anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine despite his personal request, saying he would be surprised if New Delhi did not relent as it has good relations with Washington.

Hydroxychloroquine, an old and inexpensive drug used to treat malaria, is seen as a viable therapeutic solution by President Trump to coronavirus that has so far killed more than 10,000 Americans and infected over 3.6 lakh within weeks.

Last week Trump said he has sought help from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow the sale of hydroxychloroquine tablets ordered by the US to treat the growing number of coronavirus patients in his country, hours after India banned the export of the anti-malarial drug.

Notably, India's decision to ban the exports of hydroxychloroquine is driven by its desire to take stock of the domestic requirements and ensure that the country has enough in its kitty.

Reiterating that for many years, India has been taking advantage of the US on trade, Trump said that he would be surprised if New Delhi was to stop export of hydroxychloroquine to the US.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended the anti-malarial drug for those involved in the care of suspected or confirmed cases of the coronavirus and also, for the asymptomatic household contacts of laboratory confirmed cases.

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