AGENCIES, Washington: It seems the mood has swung the other way after a short bout of encouragement. As coronavirus broke around the globe last month in a big way, the US administration decided to keep rapport with India’s political big-wigs — namely Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) through Twitter.
The White House was following 19 Twitter handles that had nearly 21.5 million followers.
As a result, since April 10, the White House has been following the personal Twitter handles of PM Modi, his office (PMO) and President Ram Nath Kovind. With this, PM Modi and President Kovind became the only world leaders who were followed officially by the White House on Twitter.
Now, the official Twitter handle of the White House has now unfollowed them all. White House is the official residence of the President of the United States of America.
The White House has also unfollowed the Indian Embassy in Washington and the US Embassy in New Delhi.
While President Donald Trump shares warm relations with PM Modi, his recent comments on India’s decision to ban exports of hydroxychloroquine — widely interpreted as a threat to India – had sparked a major controversy.
Soon, India okayed export of the medicine and Trump later thanked Modi for India’s decision to partially lift a ban on the export of the anti-malarial drug, which is in demand for its potential use in helping treat patients with the novel coronavirus. In a tweet on April 8, Trump said this gesture will not be forgotten.
“Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you Prime Minister @NarendraModi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!”