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U.S. President Donald Trump says looking forward to visiting India

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts to a question from a reporter following a signing ceremony for the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act inside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., on February 11, 2020.

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts to a question from a reporter following a signing ceremony for the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act inside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., on February 11, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

“He [Prime Minister Narendra Modi] is a friend of mine. He’s a great gentleman,” President Donald Trump said in response to a question

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he is looking forward to his visit to India later this month where millions of people would welcome him.

“I look forward to going to India,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, a day after the White House announced that he will be travelling to Ahmedabad in Gujarat and New Delhi on February 24 and 25.

“He [Prime Minister Narendra Modi] is a friend of mine. He’s a great gentleman,” Mr. Trump said in response to a question.

Mr. Trump said that he spoke to Mr. Modi over the weekend and during the conversation, the Prime Minister told him that millions and millions of people would welcome him from the airport to the cricket stadium.

Referring to his New Hampshire rally held a day earlier, which was attended by an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people, the President said in a lighter vein that he might not feel so good with that number.

“When we have 50,000 people, I’m not going to feel so good we’ll have five to seven million people just from the airport to the new stadium. And you know it is the largest stadium in the world. [They are] building it now. It’s almost complete and it’s the largest in the world,” Mr. Trump said.

Responding to a question on a potential trade deal with India, Mr. Trump said that he will do it, if “we can make the right deal”.

Mr. Modi on Wednesday said he is “extremely delighted” that Mr. Trump and his wife will be in India later this month and added that they will be accorded a memorable welcome.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said India and the US share a common commitment to democracy and pluralism.

“Our nations are cooperating extensively on a wide range of issues. Robust friendship between our nations augurs well not only for our citizens but also for the entire world,” he said.

Mr. Modi said the visit is a very special one and will go a long way in further cementing the India-US friendship.

“India will accord a memorable welcome to our esteemed guests,” the Prime Minister said.

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