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You may have seen the transcript of Trump’s conversation with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan. On the face of it, is funny. Trump really does seem to talk one on one the same way he makes speeches. What is not so funny is the hand grenade that Trump just threw into South Asia with that conversation.

The important bit is where Trump says he wants to visit Pakistan. See Obama has visited India multiple times, but has never gone to Pakistan. Trump even saying he will go there represents a shift of US policy in the region at a time when tensions are one the rise again between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. India is going to freak out.


This is why Pakistan released that transcript. The PM set a trap for Trump, and Trump walked into it. This is why him not going to intelligence briefings, and then randomly talking to world leaders is such a problem. He has no idea of the wider policy implications of even seemingly innocuous things like accepting an invitation to visit.

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