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Trump called Nepal ‘nipple’ during briefing with Modi

  • Published at 02:49 pm August 14th, 2018
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald TrumpReuters

In a prep session with Modi before their first meeting, Trump reportedly called Nepal “nipple,” people present at the meeting were not sure how to react

Trump is perhaps not the most diplomatically sound leader on the planet, but this may come as a shock even to those who are used to his antics by now.

During the briefing ahead of his first meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017, US President and insensitivity extraordinaire Donald Trump mispronounced Nepal as “nipple” and laughingly referred to Bhutan as “button,” according to Politico.

The information recently came to light via a report published by Politico on Monday.  Two sources with knowledge of the meeting disclosed the information to them.

Others who attended the meeting said Trump's behavior went further than a mispronunciation: They told Politico the president didn’t know where Nepal and Bhutan were.

“He thought it was all part of India,” one person familiar with the meeting told Politico. “He was like, ‘What is this stuff in between and these other countries?’”

The article also listed many of Trump’s “diplomatic tactics,” or lack thereof, including avid mispronunciations, awkward meetings, and phone calls to other world leaders in the middle of the night.

Several times in the first year of his administration, President Trump wanted to call Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the middle of the afternoon. The problem is, midafternoon in Washington is the middle of the night in Tokyo — when Abe would be fast asleep