Donald Trump planning India visit in February, says official

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2020

US President Donald Trump is planning his first visit to India next month, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing a senior Indian government official. In June 2019, the USA cancelled India's preferential export "GSP" status, and the government hopes Mr. Trump will announce a revocation of that decision during the visit. There has been no official confirmation about this from either side so far.

This comes at a time when the Centre is facing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and a proposed pan-India National Register of Citizen (NRC) and also amid concerns expressed by U.S. lawmakers over the situation in Kashmir.

India and the USA are expected to sign a trade deal pending since 2018. New Delhi hopes the US President will revoke the cancelling of India's preferential trade status or "Generalized System of Preference (GSP)" status.

The US House of Representatives is expected to vote this week to send its articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate. India is also expected to announce further investments in the USA, and a substantial increase in American oil imports.

Sources said the decision to visit India, at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation, was discussed during a telephone call between the leaders on January 7. The trial is expected to commence this week and would determine whether Trump would be removed from office or not.

India had invited President Trump for the January 26 Republic Day parade past year but it did not materialize.

The September 22 rally - dubbed, with a touch of Texan twang, "Howdy, Modi!" - marked a rare joint appearance between a USA president and a foreign leader before an ethnic community, and was the pair's third meeting previous year.

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