Kudlow: 'The president doesn't make things up'

Top White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan KudlowMORE on Tuesday denied that President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE fabricated his claim that he was asked to mediate the decades-long dispute between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir territory.

“The president doesn’t make things up,” Kudlow said at the White House when asked if Trump made up the request, telling reporters “that’s a very rude question, in my opinion.”

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Kudlow declined to elaborate, saying it is a better question for Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoLatest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong 63 killed in blast at Afghan wedding as Taliban, US negotiate troop withdrawal Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan MORE or national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonTrump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police A US-UK free trade agreement can hold the Kremlin to account MORE.

“While Kashmir is a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss, the Trump administration welcomes #Pakistan and #India sitting down and the United States stands ready to assist,” the State Department tweeted on Monday. 

During a Monday meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to broker an end to the violent border dispute. 

“I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about this subject. And he actually said, ‘Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?’ I said, ‘Where?’  He said, ‘Kashmir,’ ” Trump said.

The Indian government pushed back against the claim, saying Monday that “no such request has been made by PM @narendramodi to US President.”