US President Donald Trump on Tuesday explained India as “very good negotiators” as he celebrated Diwali in the White House along with top Indian-Americans and said he is “grateful” for his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The United States has deep ties to the nation of India and I am grateful for my relationship with Prime Minister Modi,” Trump said before lighting the ceremonial Diya in the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House. It is the second consecutive year that Trump has celebrated the biggest festival of India and Indian Americans in the White House.
“We’re trying very hard to make improved trade deals with India. But, they’re very good traders. They’re very good negotiators. You would say right. The best. So we’re working. And it’s moving along,” Trump said concerning to the India-US trade deal negotiations that have started between the two largest democracies of the world.
Along with around two dozen top Indian American officials of his Administration, President Trump had invited the Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, his wife DrAvina Sarna, and his special help Pratik Mathur to be present during the White House Diwali celebrations, a rare.
“India is the world’s biggest democracy and the relationship between our two countries connects as a bulwark for freedom, prosperity, and peace,” Trump said.
“Modi is my friend and now her (Ivanka) friend and has great respect for India and the Indian people that I can say,” said the US President as he introduced his daughter to the audience, who was there in the room. “Absolutely,” replied Ivanka, who had visited India last year. She was the first top official of the Trump Administration to travel to India.