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U.S. election 2020 | Indian Americans would be voting for me, says Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio. File photo   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Highlighting the great relationship that he has developed with Indian Americans and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he would think that Indian Americans would vote for him in the November 3 presidential election.

“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 Mr. Trump,” the President told reporters at a White House news conference.

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Mr. Trump was responding to a question on a video titled, “Four more years” released by the Mr. Trump Campaign during the Republican National Convention last month. Tweeted by Kimberly Guilfoyle, national chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee and retweeted by his son Donald Trump Jr, the video conceptualised by Al Mason, co-chair of the Mr. Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee, has short clips from the Modi-Mr. Trump joint address in Houston last year and Ahmedabad in February this year.

"I know India and I understood those young people (Kimberly, Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka) that you mentioned. They’re very good young people. And I know their relationship to India is very good and so is mine, " Mr.Trump told reporters at the White House.

The President, who describes himself as the best friend ever of India and Indian Americans in the White House, was responding to a question about the role the three important members of his family are going to play this election cycle along with respect to the Indian American community.

Would Kimberly, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump, who are very popular among Indian Americans, would be campaigning on your behalf among the Indian Americans with your views on India-US relationship? the president was asked.

"I appreciate the nice sentiments. They think (Kimberley, Don Jr and Ivanka) a lot of India and so do I. And think a lot of your prime minister (Narendra Modi)," Mr. Trump said in response to the question.

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The President said that he has a very good relationship with Mr. Modi.

“Prime Minister Modi is a friend of mine and he’s doing a very good job. Nothing easy, but he’s done a very good job, he said as he recollected his historic address at the ‘Howdy Mody’ event in Houston last September.

“We had an event in Houston, as you know. And it was a fantastic event. I was invited by Prime Minister Modi and this was a massive (event)... And it was incredible. And the prime minister could not have been more generous. We have great support from India. We have great support from Prime Minister Modi, “ Mr. Trump said.

The President then referred to his India visit early this year in February before the coronavirus pandemic hit the two countries.

“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. What we saw the people are so incredible it’s really an incredible place, an incredible country and its definitely big,” he said.

But you’ve got a great leader and he’s a great person, Mr. Trump said.

In recent weeks both the Democrats and Republicans have intensified their outreach to the Indian American community, in particular in the battle ground states.

A recent research by Mason in battle ground states showed that Indian Americans who traditionally vote for the Democrats are switching over to the Republican party in significant numbers because the friendship that Mr. Trump has with Modi and the latter’s high popularity among a large section of the community who number four million in the US, of which 2.5 million are eligible to vote.

In the battleground states, they number 1.3 million as per a recent remark made by Indian Americans in the Democratic party.

Mason’s survey was conducted before former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic party’s presidential candidate, selected Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, a move Democratic party leader believe would stem the flow of Indian Americans towards the Republicans.

Both Mr. Trump and his campaign, in recent remarks, assert that more Indian Americans support them than the Democrats.

In various writings and remarks the Democratic leaders in recent weeks have apprehended that Mr. Trump’s friendship with Modi might sway their traditional vote bank the election.

The Mr. Trump campaign believes that Indian Americans can play an important role in the election, especially in the battleground states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio, where the two rival campaigns would be battling for every vote.

Democratic campaign too is coming out with ideas and commercials to woo Indian Americans.

The Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has addressed the community virtually, wherein he has acknowledged the key role that Indian Americans can play in battleground states.

On August 15, both Biden and Harris made a video address to an Indian American event. The campaign has released a policy paper for Indian Americans.

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