Donald Trump backs India's stand on hydroxychloroquine after uproar over retaliation remark
US President Donald Trump praised India's handling of its coronavirus outbreak in a TV interview soon after remarks he made while discussing India's decision to ban exports of hydroxychloroquine kicked up a storm this week.
Many construed Trump's comments as a threat of retaliation against India. But a closer look at the transcript reveals that he was actually responding to a question about a possible tit-for-tat for his -- and not India's -- decision to ban medical good exports.
India banned exports of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) on March 25. It has now said it will supply HCQ and paracetamol to neighbors as well as countries badly hit by the coronavirus "in view of the humanitarian aspects of the pandemic".
"You know they put a stop because they wanted it for India. But there is a lot of good things coming from that," Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News.
"A lot of people looking at it and saying, you know...I don't hear bad stories, I hear good stories. And I don't hear anything where it is causing death."
President Trump said in his earlier controversial remarks that he had appreciated India's "allowing our supplying to come out," prompting the Communist Party of India-Marxist to accuse the government of "capitulation" to "brazen blackmail".
But a report by the Press Trust of India says high-ranking Indian and U.S. officials "were engaged over the issue of supply [of] HCQ to the US by certain Indian companies, following [a] telephonic conversation between Modi and Trump".