During an Indian-Americans charity event in New Jersy, Donald Trump made his stand on India clear and said they are a “key strategic ally”.
Donald Trump at an Indian-Americans’ program in Edison, NJ. AP
Trump, who is the Republican presidential nominee for the US’s presidential election, further promised that if voted to power, India and the US would not only have better relations but that they would become “best friends” with a “phenomenal future” together.
“Under a Trump Administration, we are going to become even better friends. In fact I would take the term better out and we would be best friends…We are going to have a phenomenal future together.”
Trump, who was addressing a cheering crowd of Indian-Americans from the Republican Hindu Coalition, further praised India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said PM Modi has boosted India’s economic growth by reforming country’s bureaucracy and implementing a series of economic reforms, which is required in the US as well.
Calling PM Modi a very energetic person, Trump said that he has great confidence in PM Modi and India and looks forward to visiting India the many a times.
“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi…I am a big fan of Hindus 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 then went on to support India’s fight against terrorism and said that under his presidency, US would “share soldier to soldier together” in the fight against terrorism and he would deepen and strengthen its military cooperation with India.
“We appreciate the great friend India has been to the US in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism…India had seen brutality of terrorism, including the 26/11 Mumbai attacks… Mumbai, a city, I love. The attack on India was absolutely outrageous.”
This is for the first time this election season that a US presidential candidate has attended an Indian American event.