President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the "Howdy Modi: Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
At the 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston, PM Modi said India “bid farewell” to Article 370 because it was hindering development and fuelling terrorism. Then, in an indirect reference to Pakistan, Modi said that those who cannot manage their own country have “problems” with India’s decision. Sharing the stage with "loyal friend" Donald Trump, Modi endorsed him for a second term as US President. “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar,” he said.
Addressing the Indian diaspora at the Howdy Modi event in Houston, Modi said that after 70 years, “one thing has been bid farewell”. “Aap samajh gaye, na? (You have understood, haven’t you?) he said, to a loud cheer from the crowd. Then, he made it clear: “This issue is of Article 370.”
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The event was marked by the personal rapport between Modi and Trump, with both praising each other in their speeches. Modi called Trump warm, friendly, energetic, accessible, and full of wit, and referenced his own election slogan to say, “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar”. He said that Trump’s sense of leadership, passion for America, his concern for every American, and his strong resolve to make America great again has achieved much for the US and for the world.
Describing the event as “history in the making”, Modi said: “You had introduced me to your family when I came to the White House. Today, I have the honour of introducing you to my family.”
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Trump spoke for about 24 minutes and called Modi one of America’s “most loyal” friends. Praising the Indian American community for their contribution, he said: “You have no better friend than President Donald Trump.”
As he ended his almost 50-minute speech, Modi reiterated a new commitment to build their countries and invited Trump to visit India with his family.