Trump Welcomes Modi to White House

Jul 6, 2017

President Donald Trump recently welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House, where both leaders reinforced the close ties between the United States and India.

President Trump said, “The friendship between the United States and India is built on shared values, including our shared commitment to democracy.”

The United States looks forward to working with India on increasing jobs, growing their respective economies, and to creating a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal. “It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods into [India's] markets, and that [the U.S.] reduce its trade deficit with” India, said President Trump.

U.S. President Trump holds a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Modi in the Rose Garden.
U.S. President Trump holds a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Modi in the Rose Garden.

In particular, President Trump noted Indian Airlines recent order of 100 new American planes. It is “one of the largest orders of its kind,” he said, which underscores the value of our trading relationship “We're also looking forward to exporting more American energy to India as [its] economy grows, including major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas.”

Finally, the security partnership between the United States and India remains important. Both nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism, and both are determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them. “Our militaries are working every day to enhance cooperation between our military forces,” said President Trump. In July, the Indian and U.S. Navies will join together with the Japanese navy to take part in the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the Indian Ocean.

President Trump thanked the Indian people for their contributions to the effort in Afghanistan, and for joining the U.S. in applying new sanctions against the North Korean regime. “The North Korean regime,” said President Trump, “is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with.”

“Working together,” said President Trump, “I truly believe [the U.S. and India] can set an example for many other nations, make great strides in defeating common threats, and make great progress in unleashing amazing prosperity and growth.”