"We're doing a very big trade deal with India".
On the other hand, the Narendra Modi government is making insane efforts to make Trump visit historic by hiding filth, deodorising river Agra and taking various other measures. The next day (February 25), the US President will hold official talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when the India-US strategic partnership including defence, security, counter-terrorism as well as trade and energy, will be discussed. "At the top of the list for [Trump] is opening up China for direct investment from USA companies and removing tariffs that India places on the US companies and products". "They give us tariffs, one the highest in the world is India", he said. "We had a very successful and outcome rich second meeting of India-US 2+2 Ministerial in December past year", he said.
The MEA also sought to reject allegations and criticism that there had been extravagant expenditure for the "Namaste Trump" event, saying that arrangements had to be made for "protocol, security and logistics", and that these were based on reciprocity.
Alice Wells, the US government's top diplomat overseeing South Asia, said that if a "tiny phase 1 trade deal" can not be put together, "it would be a big setback". "Maybe we'll slow it down, we'll do it after the election", he said. We do not become active party in the elections in another country. "But I think as long as they get to that level, where they're comfortable using that language and those words on stage ... they'll look at that as a victory", he added. Here too, there are suggestions that Trump's "million" comments arise from gaps in communication and understanding between the Indian unit lakh and US's million.
The United States is India's second largest trade partner after China, with their goods and services trade hitting a record $142.6 billion in 2018.
According to Jha, India is loathe to concede much to Trump, as the president is nearing the end of his first term in office.
As per a act sheet issued by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), trade in goods and services between the two countries from 1999 to 2018 surged from Dollars 16 billion to USD 142 billion.
Trump spoke about his India visit at the Colorado rally and the grand welcome he is expected to get in the country. "I hope you all enjoy it", he said.
Authorities believe that between one to two lakh people are expected to line up along the 22-km route of the roadshow from the airport to the stadium.
The latest in the stream is the mysteries surrounding the organizers of "Namaste Trump", a three-hour event to be organized at Ahmedabad. Here's my problem: we have a packed house. "And he told me we'll have 7 million people between the airport and the event", Trump said, referring to a roadshow ahead of a "Hello Trump" rally in Ahmedabad, the main city in Gujarat where he will begin the trip. How can I be satisfied if we fill up like 60,000 seats?