India rejects Trump's 'ignorant' remarks on pollution, cleanliness 

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 06, 2019, 08.47 PM(IST)

US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )

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“China, India, Russia, many other nations, they have not very good air, not very good water in the sense of pollution and cleanliness,” Trump had said in an interview to UK television channel. 

India on Thursday rejected Donald Trump' statement on India's pollution and cleanliness and said US President's remark exposed his ''ignorance''.

“China, India, Russia, many other nations, they have not very good air, not very good water in the sense of pollution and cleanliness,” Trump had said in an interview to UK television channel. 

Trump claimed that New Delhi has not been doing enough to control climate change.

In the interview, Trump also accused China and Russia along with India of not fulfilling their responsibilities towards the environment.

Not only that, Trump absolved the US of any responsibility towards the environment, he also claimed the US was among the most environment-friendly nations in the world.

Ironically, US president's remarks on India's 'uncleanliness' came on the day when the country's Swacch Bharat or nationwide cleanliness programme got the UNICEF's approval.

In a report, the UNICEF said that the Swachh Bharat initiative has led to a reduction in groundwater contamination.

After coming to power, Trump has often taken anti-environment stand. Most notably, the US pulled out of the Paris climate change accord.