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

Top White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE on Tuesday denied that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies 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 PompeoMike PompeoFive takeaways from Biden's climate summit UK Parliament declares China's treatment of Uyghurs a genocide If Trump runs again, will he be coronated or primaried? MORE or national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump pushes back on Bolton poll Hillicon Valley: Facebook Oversight board to rule on Trump ban in 'coming weeks' | Russia blocks Biden Cabinet officials in retaliation for sanctions Russia blocks key Biden Cabinet officials from entering in retaliation for sanctions 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.”