Donald Trump calls Narendra Modi a great man, promises close relationship with India if elected

Donald Trump said that if he's elected, the Indian and Hindu communities will have 'a true friend' in the White House.

By: AP | Edison | Updated: October 16, 2016 9:31 am
donald trump, donald trump india, trump indians, trump hindus, trump new jersey rally, trump indian americans rally, trump indian supporters, world news Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, stands with Shall Kumar, chairman of the Republican Hindu Coalition, after delivering remarks. (Source: AP Photo)

Donald Trump says that, if he’s elected to the White House, there won’t be any relationship more important to the U.S. than its relationship with India. Trump says at a Republican Hindu Coalition fundraiser Saturday night that “under a Trump admiration we are going to become even better friends.”

He adds: “In fact, I’ll take the word ‘even’ out because we are going to be best friends. There won’t be any relationship more important to us.” Trump also praises Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “great man” and says he looks forward to deepening diplomatic and military ties with India.

The event features colorful performances by popular Bollywood singers and dancers. “I am a big fan of Hindu and I am a big fan of India. Big, big fan,” Trump declared to the cheering crowd after participating in a traditional Diya oil lamp lighting for good luck.

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Trump said that if he’s elected, the Indian and Hindu communities will have “a true friend” in the White House. He also talked about several projects his company has been involved with in the country.

Trump, who usually portrays himself as an “American First” candidate, also spoke about the two countries’ shared goals when it comes to fighting terrorism and mentioned the 2008 bombings in Mumbai. He called Mumbai “a place that l love” and “a place that I understand.”

Trump did not, however, mention a top issue for the Indian community: H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers. He has sent mixed messages on the program, which critics complain takes jobs away from U.S. citizens.

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    Ashok kumar
    Oct 16, 2016 at 8:17 pm
    Anyway trump is not going to win the presidenntial election. So ignore his statement.
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      Abhi
      Oct 16, 2016 at 6:32 am
      It is better to have a wise for them a foolish friend
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        Bir Chilarai
        Oct 16, 2016 at 8:16 am
        Modi-Trump-Putin is a definite possibility and the best thing for the planet at exactly the right time. A lot of people are scared of this earthquake-to-be and they should be. Expect a lot of whines in the media, especially Indian angrezi media which is full of misguided leftist JNU types.
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          Barry
          Oct 16, 2016 at 2:48 am
          Brshmin American Foundation(BAF) has contributed tremendously to the campaign just because it is against Muslims.
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            Joseph R Stephen
            Oct 16, 2016 at 7:43 am
            Shameful TRMUP is begging .
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              Indian
              Oct 16, 2016 at 7:37 am
              Donald Trump may surprise in this election. India wants friendship with US Clinton or Trump
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                P.R.Koduri
                Oct 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm
                Birds of the same feather ...
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                  rumi
                  Oct 16, 2016 at 3:16 am
                  Woh what a business..
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