WASHINGTON: The US State Department has said US President-elect Donald Trump was not briefed by officials prior to his much-discussed telephone call with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during which he praised the PM as a “terrific guy”.
“So the White House suggested that State may have briefed President-elect Trump before his call to Pakistan to Nawaz Sharif, and we’re wondering if that was the case. And if so, what was discussed,” a journalist asked Mark C. Toner, Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. State Department, at a daily press briefing.
“Not to my knowledge, no, we had no discussion with President-elect Trump prior to that call,” Toner replied.
The first telephonic contact between the two high-ups baffled many due to effusive nature of the conversation and surprising readout released by the Pakistan government.
The PM House on Wednesday released the candid account, complete with Trump’s trademark language, after Nawaz Sharif phoned the billionaire real estate mogul to congratulate him on his election victory.
It said Trump told the embattled Pakistani leader, currently embroiled in Panama Papers case, that he has a “very good reputation”.
The government claimed that Trump has offered to help solve Pakistan’s problems and praised Nawaz Sharif as a “terrific guy”.
“I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems. It will be an honor and I will personally do it.”
The prime minister’s office did not elaborate on the kind of problems Trump offered to solve. The statement also did not clarify why exactly Trump was impressed with Sharif.
The effusive conversation drew reaction on social media in Pakistan and was internationally discussed. – Samaa