- On Monday, Donald Trump claimed PM asked him to mediate on Kashmir
- Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said PM never made that request
- India has not been engaging with Pakistan since 2016 Pathankot attack
US President Donald Trump "does not make up things", one of his top advisers said when asked about his stunning claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to "mediate" on the Kashmir issue. India has strongly rejected that claim.
It is "a very rude question," Donald Trump's Chief Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow told reporters at the White House on Tuesday when a journalist asked if the remarks were made up.
"The President doesn't make things up," Mr Kudlow said.
On Monday, President Trump offered to "mediate" between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue as he met Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House.
The US President, who is known to make inaccurate statements, claimed that PM Modi asked him to mediate on Kashmir when they met in Osaka in Japan on the sidelines of the G20 Summit last month.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told parliament on Tuesday that "no such request had been made" by PM Modi.
"I would like to categorically assure the House that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US President. I repeat, no such request was made by the Prime Minister to the US President," he said in a statement to the Parliament.