Trump, an official said, has visited India once, has two developments in the country and said during the campaign that if he were elected President: “India would find a true friend in the White House“. That’s according to a congressional aide and an industry representative speaking to The Associated Press.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump met for the first time at White House in Washington and terror was the common cause of concern for both the leaders.
But defense is only one tie that binds, and there are plenty of other issues that could tear them apart.
Trump, so far, has held his fire on India, instead focusing his ire on Mexico, China and Germany.
“I am sure that the convergence of my vision for “New India” and President Trump’s vision for making America great again will add new dimensions to our cooperation”, he said.
“Modi will try to give Trump some tweetable wins”, said Madan, which in the defense arena could see the announcement of a $2 billion deal by U.S. manufacturer General Atomics to supply unarmed drones to India. The Indian Prime Minister tweeted a picture of the group after the meeting Sunday.
On the BBC, Vaishnav said he expected the two would trot out some sort of deal or announcement to the Rose Garden for their post-meeting statement later Monday.
All this could make for a tepid first encounter between the two leaders during a visit that includes an afternoon meeting, a cocktail hour and a working dinner at the White House.
Trump didn’t specify what arms sales would proceed.
“The transformation of India presents abundant commercial and investment opportunities for American businesses“, said Modi whose government is about to implement a new nationwide tax system created to scythe through red tape.
Sending out a strong message to Pakistan, India and the United States urged the country to ensure that its territory is not used to launch cross-border terror strikes and to “expeditiously” bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks.
“The rollout of the Goods and Services Tax on July 1 will, in a single stroke, convert India into a unified, continent-sized market of 1.3 billion people”, he wrote. Previous year the U.S. trade deficit with India neared US$31 billion.
Indian officials reject suggestions that Modi’s “Make in India” platform is protectionist and complain about the U.S. regulatory process for generic pharmaceuticals and rules on fruit imports. “Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas we are actively looking at”, he pointed out.
Ashok Sajjanhar, a former Indian diplomat, said that India is hopeful but apprehensive.
From the Paris Agreement on climate change to United States work visas for skilled foreigners, Trump has taken an opposite view to Modi’s positions.
On fighting terrorism, Kugelman said the two leaders have a similar worldview – that “it needs to be destroyed wherever it rears its murderous head”. India accuses Pakistan-based militants of launching attacks on its soil. He’ll also want to learn about the administration strategy to stabilize Afghanistan, where India has committed $3 billion in aid since 2001.
Climate change could be a contentious issue.