A social media post claiming that American President Joe Biden has made critical comments on Modi is being shared widely. Further, the post claims that the US will send medical aid directly to State governments due to lack of faith in Modi. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Joe Biden’s critical comments on Modi about extending medical aid to India.
Fact: The US President had not made any such critical comments on Modi as claimed in the post. In fact, he did not make any such comments even in the past. In his recent telephonic conversation with Modi, Joe Biden has assured quick deployment of aid to India, and accordingly, the first shipment of aid from the US was also received. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
Joe Biden did not make any such comments against Modi as claimed in the post. If at all Joe Biden made such comments, all major news agencies would have reported the same. However, we could not find any such media reports. Search on Joe Biden’s official social media handles (here & here) did not yield any such comments. Also, there are no reports stating that Joe Biden has made such comments against Modi even in the past.
In fact, Modi and Biden had a telephone conversation recently on 26 April 2021 over the situation of COVID-19 in their respective countries. In their conversation, Joe Biden assured Modi that the US would quickly deploy critical medicines, ventilators, therapeutics, and raw materials required for the manufacture of the Covishield vaccine. News articles that reported the same can be read here and here.
There are also no news articles or information that aid from the US would directly reach states. As of now, aid from any country would be handed over to the central government which would then distribute it to states. In fact, the Union Health Minister has tweeted on 30 April 2021 thanking the US government after receiving the first tranche of aid from the US. News articles regarding this can be read here.
In view of the travel ban imposed by US president Joe Biden on people arriving from India, posts like these are being shared across social media platforms with misleading claims.
To sum it up, US President Joe Biden had not made any such critical comments about Modi.