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US President-elect Donald Trump, who vowed to ban Muslims from the US, purportedly told beleaguered Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday that he’s a “terrific guy”, “has a very good reputation” and added that he is “ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play” to address outstanding problems.

Trump said this to Sharif according to a Pakistan government press release of a phone conversation between the two, after Sharif called the US President-elect to congratulate him.


In his country, Trump faced a tremendous backlash from liberals for promising during his Presidential campaign that he would ban all Muslims from entering the US. In his Muslim-majority country, And in his country, Sharif is under investigation for funnelling money abroad, after his and his family members’ names were mentioned in the Panama Papers.

In the meanwhile, the US real estate magnate pressed on with his love for hyperbole and vague generalizations, and supposedly also told Sharif “it will be an honor” and that he will “personally” play any role to “find solutions to the outstanding problems” – problems that Trump didn’t specify.

Trump also purportedly told Sharif that he feels like he’s “talking to a person I have known for long” and that Pakistanis “are one of the most intelligent people.” He apparently urged Sharif to “feel free” to call him at “any time even before 20th January that is before I assume my office.”

Further, “On being invited to visit Pakistan by the Prime Minister, Mr. Trump said that he would love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people,” the press release by Pakistan’s Press Information Department said.

“Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people”, said Trump according to the Pakistan government press release.

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