Trump pledges strong US ties with India if elected president

Trump called India a strategic ally and that 'we will be best friends' if he wins the election

Reuters October 16, 2016
Republican Hindu Coalition Chairman Shalli Kumar (2nd R) helps Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (2nd L) light a ceremonial diya lamp. PHOTO: REUTERS

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pledged that the United States and India would be "best friends" if he is elected and that he would boost intelligence sharing with India in the battle against militants.

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Trump spoke at an event sponsored by the Republican Hindu Coalition to raise money for victims of terrorism. It featured Bollywood-style performers who danced in colorful, traditional costumes.

"If I'm elected president, the Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House, that I can guarantee you," said Trump, who noted that as a real estate developer he has two "massive developments" in India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has developed a friendly relationship with President Barack Obama, a Democrat who wants Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, to win the Nov. 8 election.

"We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism when I’m president. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with India in sharing intelligence and keeping our people safe mutually," said Trump.

He called India a strategic ally and that "we will be best friends" if he wins the election.


Menon | 6 years ago | Reply India will always have friend in the White House, regafdless of who gets elected. Trump is not going to be the POTUS and Hillary and Bill have very long relationship with India and the Indian pharmas were the first ones to sign to provide cheap AIDS drugs to the Clinton foundation for one dollar a day. Besides, India has very stron support in the Congress and the Senate and all are very much aware of the enormous role India plays in Afghanistan to peace and prosperty.
rajesh | 6 years ago | Reply wheather it is hillary or trump its a win win situation for india.
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