Trump team coun­ters Pak claims of ‘flow­ery’ phone call with Sharif

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yash­want Raj yash­want.raj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Just what did US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump and Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif dis­cuss in their tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion?

While Is­lam­abad gave an ex­ult­ing ac­count of the call, Trump’s team has is­sued a state­ment, giv­ing a bland, work­man-like ver­sion. The reason, said a Trump ad­viser, was the “flow­ery” ac­count of Sharif ’s cus­tom­ary phone call to con­grat­u­late Trump on his elec­tion that was re­leased by Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties on Wed­nes­day. The Pak­istani read­out of the con­ver­sa­tion seemed to have com­mit­ted Trump to more than he meant, sources said, prompt­ing the rare counter. So far, the Trump team has re­leased read­outs of the calls from Chi­nese pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Rus­sian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, but not to counter the ac­count of the con­ver­sa­tion put out by their coun­tries.

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