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    Worth elaborating on the level of incompetence Trump showed today on Kashmir. Those unfamiliar with Indo-Pak situation may not realise that his offer to mediate on Kashmir dispute ranks among the most consequential mistakes he has made. But that's the least of it (1).

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    He lied in the most idiotic way possible - one that would e immediately refuted by a fellow leader. "I was with Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject. And he actually said, would you actually like to be a mediator or arbitrator? I said, where? He said Kashmir." (2)

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    Worth elaborating on the level of incompetence Trump showed today on Kashmir. Those unfamiliar with Indo-Pak situation may not realise that his offer to mediate on Kashmir dispute ranks among the most consequential mistakes he has made. But that's the least of it (1).

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    Edward Luce

    Within an hour India declared that what Trump said was false: twitter.com/MEAIndia/statu… The slightest knowledge of India would have told Trump that this is the kind of lie that would a) immediately be shut down and b) cause material harm to a critical US diplomatic relationship (3)

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    He lied in the most idiotic way possible - one that would e immediately refuted by a fellow leader. "I was with Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject. And he actually said, would you actually like to be a mediator or arbitrator? I said, where? He said Kashmir." (2)

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    Edward Luce

    Unlike many of Trump's lies, this one causes instant harm to Trump and America's interests. First, it angers a natural ally that is the best bulwark against a rising China - supposedly Trump's global priority. Second, it pollutes whatever trust remained between him and Modi (3)

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    Within an hour India declared that what Trump said was false: twitter.com/MEAIndia/statu… The slightest knowledge of India would have told Trump that this is the kind of lie that would a) immediately be shut down and b) cause material harm to a critical US diplomatic relationship (3)

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    Edward Luce

    Finally, it emboldens Pakistan in its belief that it can play America for a sucker. Imran Khan, Pakistan's PM, could not believe his luck. The question remains why Trump would conduct such an act of self-harm. Sadly, the answer his simple. It involves two core Trump traits (4)

    Edward Luce @
    Unlike many of Trump's lies, this one causes instant harm to Trump and America's interests. First, it angers a natural ally that is the best bulwark against a rising China - supposedly Trump's global priority. Second, it pollutes whatever trust remained between him and Modi (3)

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    EdwardGLuce

    Edward Luce

    He is the vainest leader on the planet; and he is profoundly ignorant. He thinks he can solve any crisis - his own genius is all that is missing. Therefore he does not need to know anything about said crisis. The only knowledge worth knowing is that Trump's skills are absent (5)

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    Finally, it emboldens Pakistan in its belief that it can play America for a sucker. Imran Khan, Pakistan's PM, could not believe his luck. The question remains why Trump would conduct such an act of self-harm. Sadly, the answer his simple. It involves two core Trump traits (4)

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    EdwardGLuce

    Edward Luce

    To recap: Trump lied on a big subject. He was instantly exposed. The slightest knowledge of the subject would have stopped him from lying. His lie directly harms his own overriding priority. He will probably never realise any of this because of his Olympian narcissism. (Ends).

    Edward Luce @
    He is the vainest leader on the planet; and he is profoundly ignorant. He thinks he can solve any crisis - his own genius is all that is missing. Therefore he does not need to know anything about said crisis. The only knowledge worth knowing is that Trump's skills are absent (5)

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    Edward Luce