Indian Prime Minister hugs Trump during Rose Garden ceremony

Elias Hubbard
June 27, 2017

While the leaders of the world's two largest democracies touted their common interests during the White House visit, Trump's "America First" policies of economic nationalism also have brought to the fore some sharp differences with India.

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"During my campaign, I pledged that if elected, India would have a true friend in the White House". He said, "We hope we will be catching up with you very soon".

During his election campaign, Trump spoke positively about Indian culture, Hinduism and personally about Prime Minister Modi. "But it is great to have you", he said.

While Trump may not be big on the idea of setting up shop in India, others - such as Google and Microsoft - are keen to continue doing business there.

"India and the United States will always be tied together in friendship and respect", he added. "We will destroy radical islamic terrorism", Trump said.

"We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and agreed to cooperate on this".

After wrapping up his own remarks, the much shorter Modi hugged Trump a second time, placing his head close to the president's shoulder in video that quickly spread around social media. India has the fastest-growing economy in the world. "7,000 reforms alone have been done by the government for ease of business", Modi said, as per another tweet by Baglay. She had further added that U.S. only wanted to correct the lottery process. Companies like Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro and several others seek a considerable number of H-1B visas to send Indian workers to the US.

"And after many years, we've got three-fourth majority in the state assembly", Modi added.

David McKeeby, spokesman for the State Department bureau of political-military affairs, said it does not comment on proposed defense sales before Congress is formally notified.

The Trump administration says it want to provide India with improved defense technology. He forged a strong relationship with President Barack Obama, and on his last visit in June 2016, he addressed Congress and described the USA as an "indispensable partner".

At an event with the members of the Indian diaspora June 25, Modi said their success was due to the supportive environment the USA provides and added that his government is working to create the same environment back in India. Leading US Congressmen had asked Trump to press Modi to remove barriers on trade and investment during their meeting. But clearly information technology companies operating in the USA and India, including Infosys (INFY and 500209.India) could be hurt by any potential job losses.

Five U.S. senators, four Republicans and one Democrat, signed a letter to Trump expressing concern about violations of religious liberty in India, including discrimination against religious-based aid groups, and asking him to make the issue a top priority during Modi's visit.

Earlier, Mr Modi met the heads of 20 U.S. companies, including Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai.

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