US President Donald Trump said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may announce something at the mega “Howdy, Modi!” event in Houston. Trump will be joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the 50,000 strong Indian diasporas.
On Monday, the White House declared that the US President will be joining PM Modi at the mega Houston rally on September 22 as a “special gesture” by President Trump to underscore the special relationship between the two countries.
Trump and Modi will be sharing a stage together for the first time. Earlier this there have been two important meetings between the two leaders, the G-20 summit in Japan in June and the G-7 summit in France last month.
On Wednesday, Trump while returning from California to Washington DC. aboard Air Force One told reporters, “Could be. I have a very good relationship with Prime Minister Modi.” However, he did not elaborate on it. He was asked by the reporters whether will be an announcement when he goes to Houston for the rally with PM Modi.
As per media reports, officials of the two countries are trying to finalize a trade deal before Prime Minister Modi and Trump meet in Houston. After Trump complained that the imposed tariffs by New Delhi on American products were “no longer applicable”, the trade tensions between India and the US raised.
In June, the US terminated India’s trade status as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) program. After the Trump administration revoked its preferential trade privileges, India as a counteraction imposed retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products including almonds and apples from June 5.
Responding to a record number of 50,000 Indian-Americans will be attending the event, Trump said that the crowd for the event has now become bigger after the announcement that he will be going there.
Following the mega event, President Trump will be traveling to Ohio for an event with the visiting Australian Prime Minister. The Indian Prime Minister will be visiting the US from September 21-27 for the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).