When Donald Trump wanted to play `matchmaker` for PM Narendra Modi

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson President Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly listen as Trump is introduced during a luncheon with African leaders at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday Sept. 20 2

"He thought it was all part of India", the article quoted a source as saying.

United States President Donald Trump, who is known for his mood swings and making outlandish statements, had once jokingly said that he could play matchmaker for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Trump is know for committing several diplomatic faux pas when dealing with other countries. Midafternoon in Washington is the middle of the night in Tokyo - when Abe would be fast asleep.

These details were revealed by Politico in a larger piece about Donald Trump's diplomatic faux pas, which range from the U.S. president's "desire to call world leaders at awkward hours" to mispronouncing Nepal as "nipple".

A common frustration among Trump aides speaking to Politico allegedly concerns the need to constantly explain the concept of time zones to the president.

Anonymous White House insiders say that Trump's foreign policy has been hindered by his complete inability to grasp basic facts about geography - to the point that National Security Council members have to educate him about the subject "repeatedly". "You don't just call to check in", the official said". 'I don't think anybody would expect him or Obama or Bush or Clinton or anybody to do that.

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"He wasn't great with recognizing that the leader of a country might be 80 or 85 years old and isn't going to be awake or in the right place at 10:30 or 11 p.m. their time", said a former Trump NSC official.

'When he wants to call someone, he wants to call someone.

Likewise, a person who is close to Trump suggested that the former businessman calls on people at inopportune times because he's inconsiderate. He's more impulsive that way.

The White House defended Trump's apparent love for chit-chatting with his global counterparts on the phone, telling Politico it has helped the president establish "good rapports" with other world leaders.

Defending Trump, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during an interaction with the press that the US President has developed "strong relationships" with "America's closest allies", which allow for "candid conversations".

Ahead of the meeting previous year with Modi at the White House, Trump allegedly studied a map of South Asia and mispronounced Nepal as "nipple" and referred to Bhutan as "button", Politico said, quoting two unnamed sources. 'Foreign leaders appreciate that the President is willing to take their calls day and night'.

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