Washington: United States President Donald Trump on Friday, while speaking to media, highlighted his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and called him a “great friend.”
Trump praised Modi for doing a good job amidst the coronavirus pandemic in India and also expressed his confidence that Indian-American would for him in the US elections scheduled to be held in November.
“Prime Minister Modi is a great friend of mine and he is doing a very good job. It’s nothing easy but he is doing a very good job. You have got a great leader and you have got a great person,” said Donald Trump, in response to a question about India-US ties.
The 74-year-old President recalled to the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston in September 2019 and said that it represented the Indian-American community’s support for him.
“We have great support from India. We have great support from Prime Minister Modi. I would think that the Indian (American) people would be voting for Trump,” the president told reporters at a White House news conference.
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He referred to India as an incredible place but also said that the country had been hit “very hard” by the COVID-19 crisis.
“What we saw the people are so incredible it’s really an incredible place, an incredible country and its definitely big.”
“I also, as you know, went to India just prior to the pandemic setting in because India has been hit very hard, left really about a week before that, and we had an incredible time,” he said.