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Bernie Sanders slams US President Donald Trump for his response to Delhi violence

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 February 2020, 12:28 IST
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After US lawmakers acted in response to the violence in Delhi, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Washington held the US President Donald Trump responsible of failing on the issue of human rights.

Launghing an attack on the US President, Bernie Sanders stated that Trump’s statement with regards to the violence in the national capital during his India visit was a “failure of leadership”.

Questioned about instances of violence during his India visit, Donald Trump had stated that, "As far as the individual attacks, I heard about it, but I didn't discuss that with him (PM Modi). That's up to India."

In response to the issue, Bernie Sanders on Wednesday tweeted, "Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying ''That's up to India''. This is a failure of leadership on human rights."

Bernie Sanders is the second Democratic presidential candidate after Elizabeth Warren to speak against the violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Besides the Democratic presidential candidate, other senators also expressed concern over the developments on Wednesday.

"We are alarmed by the recent violence in New Delhi. We continue to support an open dialogue on issues of significant concern in order to advance our vital long-term relationship," Senator Mark Warner from the Democratic Party and John Cornyn from the GOP said in a joint statement.

Warner and Cornyn are co-chairs of the Sanate India Caucus.

Jamie Raskin stated that he was terrified by the violence, which was stimulated by religious hatred.

"Liberal democracies must protect religious freedom and pluralism, and avoid the path of discrimination and bigotry," the Congressman said.

Previously, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom asked the Government of India to take immediate action for the safety of its people.

Expressing “grave concern”, the US body stated that the Indian government should give protection to people regardless of their faith.

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First published: 27 February 2020, 12:28 IST