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He is a friend of his people, I loved being with him: Donald Trump

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US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he had a “great time” in India and he “loved” spending time with PM Narendra Modi.

“We had a great time in India. It was an incredible two days. He (PM Modi) is a great friend of mine. He is a friend of his people. I loved being with him. We talked about everything, far more than just borders,” Donald Trump said during a press conference on coronavirus crisis.Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, made a two-day visit to India on February 24.

President Trump began his speech saying: “Namaste India… I would like to begin by thanking my special friend – Prime Minister Modi. The prime minister – the son of a chaiwallah (tea seller) in this very city – has had a remarkable rise… He is a great man.” He also described the PM as a “very tough negotiator”.

In his introductory comments, PM Modi said “Namaste, Trump” thrice to welcome the US President and his family. A stadium full of people echoed the words. The two leaders hugged for the second time on the stage at the Motera cricket stadium, built for Rs 800 crore and billed as the world’s biggest.

“India, US relation is no longer just another partnership. It is now a far greater, closer relationship,” said the Prime Minister. Five months ago, I was invited for a historic visit to Houston where were had a programme called ‘Howdy, Modi!

US President Donald Trump, addressing a huge crowd at an Ahmedabad cricket stadium described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his special friend and quipped: “He is a great leader. Everybody loves him, but he’s very tough.”

President Trump dedicated much of his speech at the headline event of his 36-hour India visit to effusive praise for PM Modi and India.

India, said President Trump, gives hope to all of humanity.

“Melania and I travelled 8,000 miles around the world to deliver the message America loves India, America respects India,” said the US president.

“The rise of India in the last 7 decades has been remarkable… The pace at which it has grown in the last two decades phenomenal. The people of India are an inspiration for the rest of the world,” he said.

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