Donald Trump may have never met the prime minister of Pakistan, but he understands that Nawaz Sharif has a “very good reputation” and is a “terrific guy.” In fact, Trump feels a strong connection with the Pakistani leader, as if he they have known each other “for a long time.”
On Wednesday, Sharif reportedly called the U.S. president-elect to congratulate him on his election victory and talk about working together in the future. Since Pakistan is an important (and troubled) United States ally that has its own set of issues with India, another U.S. ally and Trump’s apparent favorite country, this call was supposed to be rather strategic.
However, it was anything but.
The Pakistan government released a full readout of the telephone conversation between the two leaders — and it was astonishing, to say the very least.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called President-elect USA Donald Trump and felicitated him on his victory. President Trump said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif you have a very good reputation. You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work, which is visible in every way. I am looking forward to see you soon. As I am talking to you Prime Minister, I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long. Your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities. Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. 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. Feel free to call me any time even before 20th January that is before I assume my office.
On being invited to visit Pakistan by the Prime Minister, Mr. Trump said that he would love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people. Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people, said Mr. Donald Trump.
Yes, it is a real excerpt from a very real conversation, because all of these sentences (sadly) sound exactly like something Trump would say.
Moreover, this budding bromance between the billionaire business mogul and Sharif — another business mogul facing several corruption scandals — is a proof that Trump would say absolutely anything to appease anyone. Whether he understands the gravity of the situation is an entirely different matter.
It is yet unclear if Ivanka Trump also sat in on the phone call.
Trump called Pakistan a "fantastic place of fantastic people."— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 1, 2016
I take it all back. Great guy.
Trump's over-the-top praise for Pakistan ("a fantastic country") and its PM ("a terrific guy") has Pakistanis blushing from embarrassment!— Brahma Chellaney (@Chellaney) December 1, 2016
Does India know to take Trump “seriously but not literally” when he promises to visit Pakistan?— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) November 30, 2016
As for Trump calling Pakistanis “one of the most intelligent people,” can someone please inform him that the country has a majority population of Muslims — the same people he proposed to ban from entering the country during his presidential campaign?
To put the president-elect’s hypocrisy in some perspective, here are some of his older tweets praising the South Asian country.
Get it straight: Pakistan is not our friend. When our tremendous Navy SEALS took out Osama bin Laden, they did… (cont) https://t.co/s6u5o8Co— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2011
When will Pakistan apologize to us for providing safe sanctuary to Osama Bin Laden for 6 years?! Some "ally."— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2012
Another radical Islamic attack, this time in Pakistan, targeting Christian women & children. At least 67 dead,400 injured. I alone can solve— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2016