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Trump calls defacement of Gandhi statue in DC a disgrace

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US President Donald Trump on Monday called the defacement of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue by unknown miscreants a disgrace. The statue, in front of the Indian Embassy, had been vandalised on the intervening night of June 2 & 3 with graffiti and spray painting during the nationwide protests against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd.

“It was a disgrace,” Trump made the brief comment at the White House on Monday when asked about the incident, media reports said. The Indian Embassy filed a complaint with the local authorities and efforts are on to restore the statue.

Several top US lawmakers had condemned the vandalisation of the statue. US Ambassador to India Ken Juster also later apologised for the incident. “So sorry to see the desecration of the Gandhi statue in Wash, DC. Please accept our sincere apologies,” he said.