‘Everything is fine in India’: PM’s response to ‘Howdy, Modi!’ | Full speech

Tuesday, 24 Sep, 2019

"I'm so thrilled to be here in Texas with one of America's greatest, most devoted and most loyal friends, Prime Minister Modi of India", Mr Trump told the crowd. It's worth noting that the U.S. goes to elections next year and this will be seen as an important endorsement of the Trump presidency by a visiting foreign leader.

Tensions between Pakistan and India have flared over the disputed region of Kashmir.

"Sharing a stage in Houston and later walking hand-in-hand around a football stadium, Trump received Modi's endorsement in front of more than 50,000 Indian Americans - an influential voter base", reports Bloomberg.

"You have never had a better friend as president than President Donald Trump", Trump said.

The prime minister urged United Nations' member states to join the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure that will be launched in India.

"Mr President, this morning in Houston, you can hear the heartbeat of this great partnership in this celebration of the world's two largest democracies".

User Ashok Swain, who is also a professor of peace and conflict at Uppsala University in Sweden, pointed out on Twitter that Modi's campaign for Trump's re-elecion is "Dangerous for India's national interest as Trump is likely to lose in 2020".

Trump is already in full campaign mode as the Democrats continue to deliberate over who their presidential candidate will be.

Trump withdrew from the Paris deal in 2017 and blamed India and China for his decision, saying the agreement was unfair as it would have made the United States pay for nations which benefited the most from the deal. The leaders, who seem to have developed a rapport, are to meet again on Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

CPI (M) leader Md Salim said while the USA is allowing one per cent of its population of NRI Indians to gather and meet their leader, Modi was denying such rights to the people of Kashmir.

The president spoke alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in OH regarding job creation and the US economy, as well as the country's alliance with Australia.

India and the U.S. have been talking for months to try to resolve trade issues.

Trump said US-India bonds are expanding, but tensions over India's trade surplus with the US are simmering.

Modi said that while Trump has called himself a "tough negotiator", he has learned a few things from Trump about the art of making deals.

Meanwhile, sources said, the issue of Kashmir and crossborder terrorism with reference to Pakistan will also considerably feature in the bilateral talks between Trump and Modi.

In Texas, Trump was briefed on recent flooding in the southeastern part of the state during a visit to a nearby U.S. Coast Guard station.

Authorities blamed the storm for at least five deaths.

Trump will spend most of next week in NY to participate in the annual U.N. General Assembly.