Trump pledges strong US ties with India if elected president

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

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.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • BrainBro
    Oct 16, 2016 - 12:25PM

    It is not Islamabad that is the problem. It is Rawalpindi. The policies of the first world should cater to this fact and not punish Pakistani civilians, when their main beef is with the establishment.Recommend

  • Amer
    Oct 16, 2016 - 12:36PM

    There’s only a 5% chance on this guy becoming president. I am saving alot of barnol for my indian friends…. they will need it on Nov 9th. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Oct 16, 2016 - 1:44PM

    Trump is a white supremacist, a leadership face of the “alt-right,” so anyone who is brown or asian looking is generally not a favored person.
    This means he could care less about India or Pakistan in the wider spectrum of things.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Oct 17, 2016 - 9:01AM

    @Amer:
    You may need it at any cost. Trump or Hilary both are favorable to India. Recommend

  • rajesh
    Oct 17, 2016 - 10:10AM

    wheather it is hillary or trump its a win win situation for india. Recommend

  • Menon
    Oct 18, 2016 - 4:58PM

    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.Recommend

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