GOP Rep. Idiotically Mistakes Senior U.S. Officials For Indian Citizens
Two United States officials were introduced at a Foreign Affairs Committee meeting, but Congressman Curt Clawson of Florida wasn’t paying attention. Maybe they didn’t look “American” enough for him.
…when he saw senior U.S. officials Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar at a Foreign Affairs committee meeting yesterday, he did what any Tea Party Floridian would do — he assumed they were members of the Indian government.
Instead of paying attention when the two were introduced (Biswal works for the State Department and Kumar works in Commerce), or checking the cheat sheet on his table which listed everyone in the meeting, he just told them, “I love your country.”
John Hudson at Foreign Policy reports that Clawson referred to Biswal and Kumar as members of the Indian government throughout the entire meeting. No one corrected him. Hudson recorded the many things Clawson said to try to win their favor:
“I’m familiar with your country; I love your country. Anything I can do to make the relationship with India better, I’m willing and enthusiastic about doing so.”
“Just as your capital is welcome here to produce good-paying jobs in the U.S., I’d like our capital to be welcome [in India]. I ask cooperation and commitment and priority from yourgovernment in so doing. Can I have that?”Click here for reuse options!
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