US Democrat party leaders and Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Wednesday termed US President Donald Trump’s statement on the ongoing riots in Delhi as a failure of leadership and a failing on the issue of human rights.
Asked about the incident in a press conference on Tuesday in New Delhi, President Trump had said that:
“As far as the individual attacks, I heard about it, but I didn’t discuss that with him (Modi). That’s up to India”.
Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying, “That’s up to India.” This is a failure of leadership on human rights.https://t.co/tUX713Bz9Y
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 26, 2020
Bernie Sanders then took to Twitter and said:
“Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying ‘That’s up to India’. This is a failure of leadership on human rights”.
Another Democratic Presidential Nominee Senator Elizabeth Warren too spoke against the violence in the national capital.
Other influential senators too reacted.
In a joint statement, the co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus Senator Mark Warner and John Cornyn said:
“we are alarmed by the recent violence in New Delhi. We continue to support an open dialogue on issues of significant concern in order to advance our vital long-term relationship”.
Earlier in the day, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom urged the government of India to take swift action and protect the people.
Foreign policy analysts have rejected these statements and termed it ignorant and a malicious attempt to interfere in India’s sovereign matters.