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 TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license 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 PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate deadlocked on relief measures The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump as Sanders exits race GOP rep calls for US to bring international case against China over coronavirus MORE or national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonChina sees chance to expand global influence amid pandemic Trump ignores science at our peril Bolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office 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.”