US President Donald Trump has said that America’s relations with India are now very ‘special’ and much progress has been made in bilateral relations during his first visit to the Asian country. “He (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) is a great gentleman, a great leader,” Trump told reporters here after returning from India on Wednesday. “It’s a wonderful country; India is incredible,” he said.
President Trump was in India on 24 and 25 February. Senior officials of his administration, First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien accompanied him.
Trump said, “We were treated very, very well and we really enjoyed it. A lot of tremendous progress was made in terms of relationship — our relationship with India is extraordinary right now.”
“We are going to be doing a lot of business with India, they are sending billions and billions of dollars now to the United States,” Trump said, answering a question.
After returning from India, Ivanka thanked Modi for the warm hospitality. She tweeted, quoting Prime Minister Modi, “Thank you PM @narendramodi for your warm hospitality as we visited your beautiful country and celebrated the strength, spirit and unity of the US & India! Throughout our visit, we saw monumental achievements of human creativity & proof of the infinite capacity of the human heart!”
In another tweet, she wrote, “On our trip to India, @POTUS announced that @DFCgov will establish a permanent presence in India to strengthen our economic ties, improve development + further women’s economic empowerment through #WGDP!”
Meanwhile, the US president’s likely Democratic Party rival in the 3 November election Bernie Sanders critiqued Donald Trump for his silence on the violence in New Delhi. Sanders called it Trump’s “failure of leadership”.
Asked about incidents of violence during his India visit, the US president had said, “As far as the individual attacks, I heard about it, but I didn’t discuss that with him (Modi). That’s up to India.”