Trump’s ‘Fantastic’ Phone Call to Nawaz Sharif

A very out-of-character conversation between Donald Trump and Pakistan's Prime Minister

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This morning, Pakistan’s Press Information Bureau released the transcript of President-elect Donald Trump’s phone conversation with Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.

The conversation, which sounds exactly like Trump, is sprinkled with innovative words such as “terrific”, “amazing” and “fantastic”. This may or may not be indicative of what has been termed as a fourth-grade reading level. It also reminds us about this opinion piece from two professional linguists about Trump’s very, very extensive choice of words.

Trump gushes about Pakistan and its people in the transcript, which only confirms how kindly he’s spoken of all Muslims in the recent past.

Fun fact: When you type “Trump hates…” on Google, guess what comes up first? It’s definitely not Pakistan.

His tweet a few years ago, where he called Pakistan “not our friend”, was only a reaffirmation of the strong friendship he has proposed. It is just what friends often say to each another. No means yes, after all.

Pakistan is the third-largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance and received USD 3.5 billion in 2011. The number this year is expected to be less than USD 1 billion.

Trump has also praised India at a Republican Hindu Coalition’s event only last month. “I am a big fan of Hindu and a big fan of India,” said Trump and added, “There won’t be any relationship more important to us”. We wonder what Sharif has to say about that.