Trump calls India, China air ‘filthy’

  • Trump calls India, China air ‘filthy’

Trump calls India, China air ‘filthy’

Well, more specifically, he called our air filthy.

US President Donald Trump in the final US presidential election debate said that the air in India is "filthy", prompting a swift reaction from Indians on social media. Clubbing India along with China and Russian Federation during the final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday night (Friday morning IST), the US President was quoted by news agency reports from Washington as saying, "Look at China, how filthy it is".

On Friday, air pollution in New Delhi and surrounding cities was at its worst in eight months, with the air quality index surging above 300 on a scale of 500, indicating "emergency conditions".

US President Donald Trump speaks during the final 2020 US presidential campaign debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, US, October 22, 2020.

However, there were several who agreed with Trump, saying that Trump speaks the truth and India's air is an terrible global embarrassment.

"America is historically the largest emitter in the world and now the second largest one", he added.

"Trump is right", Mishra said on Twitter. In Delhi, we are breathing poison.

"We have a moral obligation to deal with it", he said.

Mr Trump has previously compared the India and China (and sometimes Russia) in the same breath, for instance in the multilateral climate change context or in the context of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which, according to Mr. Trump, has treated the USA unfairly. "While it is a fact that the air quality here is poor, it is a bigger fact that Trump is a liar".

"It's not a fair situation because they are paying virtually nothing and we are paying massive amounts of money", he said at the time.