Edison (New Jersey), October 16, 2016: U.S. 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 Islamic militants.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called India a strategic ally and said that “we will be best friends” if he wins the election, mentioned PTI.
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According to the Press agency, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “Under a Trump Administration, we (USA and India) are going to become even better friends , in fact I would take the term better out and we would be best friends.”
The 70-year-old politician praised and appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic reforms and said, “We are going to have a phenomenal future together.” He also admired Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking India on a fast track growth with a series of economic reforms and reforming the bureaucracy, which he said is required in the US too.
“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi,” he said, adding that the Indian leader is very energetic.
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This was the very first time a US presidential nominee addressed Indian-Americans just weeks before the election.
“I am a big fan of Hindu and I am a big fan of India. If elected, the Indian and Hindu community would have a true friend at the White House,” Trump said, adding that he has great confidence in Modi and India.
“I was there 19 months ago and look forward to going there many many times,” he said at the event organised for the Kashmiri Pundits and Bangladeshi Hindu terrorist victims.
Trump appreciated India’s role in fight against terrorism.
“We appreciate the great friend India has been to the US in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism,” he said as he slammed his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for not using this word.
Trump said India had seen brutality of terrorism, including the Mumbai attacks.
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“Mumbai, a city, I love. The attack on India was absolutely outrageous,” he said while assuring some 5,000 Indian-Americans at the event that if he becomes the president, the US would “share soldier to soldier together” in the fight against terrorism.
“India is key and a key strategic ally,” he said, adding that he looks forward to deepening and strengthening military cooperation with India.
In his welcome address, the Republican Hindu Coalition founder and chairman said that this is the first time in the history that a major presidential candidate has addressed Hindu-Americans just three weeks before the election, mentioned the PTI reports.
He urged Hindus to support and vote for Trump in the upcoming general election and help fight terrorism.
Praising hard work and enterprise of the Indian community, Trump said, “generations of Hindus and Indian-Americans have strengthened our country”.
Congratulating the Indian community for having the highest rate of entrepreneurship, he said, “that’s very impressive by the way”.
Trump said he was looking forward to doing some “serious” bureaucratic trimming in the US as he feels it is needed the most.
“We are going to have great relation with China and Mexico, but we are going to have a great relationship with India,” Trump said even as he lashed out at the business practices of China, particularly stealing intellectual property.
“We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism. We will stand soldier to soldier in this fight. This is so important in the age of ISIS,” Trump said.