Asian News International just Tweeted a comment from President Trump that has a lot of people mistakenly believing that he just threatened India with retaliations if they don’t send us hydroxychloroquine.
I spoke to him (PM Modi), Sunday morning & I said we appreciate it that you are allowing our supply (of Hydroxychloroquine) to come out, if he doesn't allow it to come out, that would be okay, but of course, there may be retaliation, why wouldn't there be?: US Pres Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/kntAqATp4J
— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2020
The comment was taken out of context. He was answering a reporter’s question about retaliations against America, in response to our own ban of exports.
“Are you worried about retaliation to your decision to ban export of medical goods, like India’s Prime Minister Modi’s decision to not export hydroxychloroquine to the United States and other countries?”
“I don’t like that decision, if that’s… I don’t… I didn’t hear that that was his decision. I know that he stopped it for other countries. I spoke to him yesterday. We had a very good talk, and we’ll see whether or not that’s his… I would be surprised if he would because, you know, India does very well with the United States. For many years they’ve been taking advantage of the Unites States on trade. So I would be very surprised if that were his decision. He’d have to tell me that. I spoke to him Sunday morning…”
Buried lede: On Sunday, April 5th, PM Modi told President Trump that India would be sending hydroxychloroquine to America.