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$200 mn a day ‘wildly inflated’: US
WASHINGTON/Mumbai, NOV 5 (IANS/PTI):
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Published on 6 Nov. 2010 12:21 AM IST
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US officials have dismissed media reports that President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to India is going to cost $200 million a day as “wildy”inflated” and “simply not true.”
“The costs are comparable to when President (Bill) Clinton or President (George) Bush travelled abroad,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday. “This trip doesn’t cost $200 million a day,” he said. He also dismissed the report that says Obama is taking 34 warships with him to India for protection as “simply not true.”
“That’s just comical. Nothing close to that is being done,” Pentagon spokesman, Geoff Morrell said.
US Consulate apologizes
The US Consulate in Mumbai today apologised for having asked invitees to President Barack Obama’s functions to submit personal details like PAN numbers after it drew angry reaction from senior Maharashtra ministers and officials and blamed “clerical error” for the queries. “I have visited Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal personally to apologise. It was a clerical error,” US Consul General Paul Folmsbee said.

 
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