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Donald Trump: The United States is not treated well by India, but I like Modi a lot | India Business News


The president of the United States, Donald Trump, on Tuesday minimized the expectation of a trade agreement with India during his visit there next week, saying: “We can have a trade agreement with India, but I’m really saving the big business for later “. He, however, said he liked Prime Minister Modi.

“We are making a great trade agreement with India. We will have it. I don’t know if it will be done before the elections, but we will have a big problem with India,” Trump told reporters at an air base outside Washington DC while flying to the West for a series of domestic events the next three days before leaving for India on Saturday.

Trump, who has described India as “king of tariffs” among other epithets, complained again that the United States “is not treated very well by India,” but said “I really like the Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi.” Modi, said the president of the United States, expressing his expectations of a great show, had told him that there will be 7 million people between the airport and the Motera stadium that are expected to open.

“The stadium, as I understand it, is a kind of semi under construction, but it will be the largest stadium in the world. Then it will be very exciting. But it says that between the stadium and the airport, we will have around 7 million people. Then it will be very exciting. I hope everyone enjoys it, ”Trump said.

The President’s comments practically confirmed that, at best, there will be a modest result of the results of the visit, and at least, he expects a great show that will impress his constituents at home.

The Indian side has also virtually confirmed that a general trade agreement will not happen given the insistence of the United States that India open its vulnerable agricultural and dairy sector and other controversial issues that the two sides have failed to resolve despite months of negotiations .

But as far as New Delhi is concerned, even the view of the visit is strategically significant: not only the president of the United States. UU., Accompanied by the First Lady, is making an independent state visit (something that Trump has rarely done in the three -more years he has been in office), but only the act of flying back to India is an expression of the political and diplomatic support of the United States to India at a time when New Delhi is at the center of international attention for a series of difficult decisions from dismantling the status quo in Kashmir to national laws related to citizenship, by Not to mention emphasizing India’s role as a bulwark against China’s expansionism.

The Trump administration has been remarkably taciturn in its comments on India’s internal problems, despite the fact that at every given opportunity the president accumulates it in India when it comes to trade and tariffs. It remains to be seen if a great show in Ahmedabad, about which Trump seems to have hyperbolic expectations, will placate his intense desire to promote American interests at the expense of everything else.

As things stand, Trump is expected to arrive directly in Ahmedabad for the great road and stadium show on Monday before heading north to Delhi. The President and the First Lady are expected to stop in Agra to take a quick look and take a picture at the Taj Mahal, the most durable love monument in the world whose name Trump borrowed for one of his hotel casinos, before Arrive in New Delhi on Monday. night.

A ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan, followed by talks and an official banquet at Hyderabad House, on Tuesday, interspersed with a business conference organized by the US embassy.

Given the stormy nature of the president of the United States, all plans are considered tentative and subject to change, but he is expected to leave New Delhi on Tuesday night after spending only one night in India.

Times of India