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Sean Spicer wishes India ‘Happy Independence Day’ — two months ahead of time

world Updated: Jun 25, 2017 20:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Washington
White House press secretary Sean Spicer,Prime Minister Narendra Modi,President Donald Trump

White House press secretary Sean Spicer.(AP)

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, known for his many gaffes, conveyed his best wishes to India on its upcoming 70th independence day — two months before time.

“I want to wish the people of India a happy 70th anniversary on their independence,” Spicer said in response to a question on Friday about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump’s upcoming meeting.

Spicer didn’t realize the gaffe and went on right ahead his response: “But during the meeting, the President and the Prime Minister will discuss ongoing cooperation, including counterterrorism, defense partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, global cooperation, burden-sharing, trade, law enforcement, and energy. I think it’s going to be a very robust discussion.”

The White House press secretary has been called out again and again for playing fast and loose with facts, starting with his first briefing when he sought to grossly exaggerate the size of the crowd at the president’s inauguration.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!” Spicer had said. He had gone on to defend the claim saying, famously, “Sometimes we can disagree with the facts.”

First Published: Jun 25, 2017 20:37 IST