The Pakistani government released on Wednesday a description of a phone call between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President-elect Donald Trump.
It would have been a routine call between one world leader and an incoming one, except for the fact that the participants were Donald Trump and Nawaz Sharif, and the conversation was hardly routine.
Sharif was good about sticking to the usual pleasantries and congratulations which are typically practiced on calls with newly elected leaders. He also offered the customary invitation for a visit to his country. The President-elect, however, was even more than his normal colorful self, calling Sharif “a terrific guy” and claiming that he had known the Prime Minister for ages, he called the Pakistani people “one of the most intelligent.”
Responding the Sharif’s invitation for a visit, Trump said that he would “love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people,” a stark contrast to the Donald Trump who just a year ago was asking for a complete ban against Muslims entering the United States. Clearly, the President-elect had either not been briefed or had forgotten whatever briefing he received and also, ignored anything he would learn if he just turned on his TV and watched the news. He did not have the most basic understanding one would develop after a Google search on U.S.-Pakistan relations, or the complicated relationship between Pakistan and India.
In addition to agreeing to visit the country, Trump said that he is “ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems,” adding “you are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way.”
Forgetting the fact that an American president has not visited Pakistan since 2006 as Pakistan has been a difficult ally to say the least, Trump must have also forgotten the fact that Osama Bin Laden — the world’s most hunted man — quite suspiciously had been living in Pakistan near a Pakistani military base in a large complex for years when U.S. special forces killed him.
All of that aside, many Pakistanis may not recognize that to describe their embattled prime minister, who has been marred by corruption allegations, though Trump claimed he felt like he was talking to an old friend.
He also asked the Prime Minister to convey a message to the Pakistani people: “Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people.”
Trump typically uses an inordinate number of adjectives in his sentences. That is usually a sign of a person who lacks facts. With Nawaz Sharif, the President-elect used more adjectives than he normally does.
The full transcript of the November 30 conversation is below:
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.”