US President Donald Trump has said that he is “saving the big deal” with India for later and he “does not know” if it will be done before the presidential election in November, suggesting that a trade deal between the countries may not be in his plans during the visit.
“Well, we can have a trade deal with India, but I’m really saving the big deal for later on,” Trump told reporters in the US.
He is scheduled to visit India on February 24 and 25.
“We’re doing a very big trade deal with India. We’ll have it. I don’t know if it’ll be done before the election, but we’ll have a very big deal with India,” Donald Trump said, casting doubts over any trade deal between India and US taking place before the US presidential elections.
US has been demanding for greater access to the Indian market sought by American makers of stents and other medical devices as well as dairy farmers.
The US remains the top trading partner for India in terms of trade in goods and services, followed by China.
“We’re not treated very well by India, but I happen to like Prime Minister Modi a lot,” he added.
#WATCH US President Donald Trump in Washington on his visit to India: I happen to like PM Modi a lot. He told me we will have 7 million people between the airport and the event. It’s going to be the largest stadium in the world. It’s going to be very exciting. pic.twitter.com/FdusHCInJ9
— ANI (@ANI) February 19, 2020
“He told me we’ll have seven million people between the airport and the event. And the stadium, I understand, is sort of semi under construction, but it’s going to be the largest stadium in the world. So it’s going to be very exciting… I hope you all enjoy it,” Donald Trump told the reporters.
“Trade deal between India and US is not stuck, the Minister of Commerce and his US counterpart have decided to engage in talks. Both the countries will have a wide-ranging discussion and will have a Free Trade Agreement later,” Government sources said.
US President Donald Trump will be visiting Ahmedabad, Gujarat on February 24.
On the second day, Trump is expected to visit Delhi.
“There will be multi-layered security. Sister agencies will also help Police in security arrangements,” said Amulya Patnaik, Delhi Police Commissioner, on the security arrangements for Trump’s visit to the capital.
Donald Trump will be the first US president in office to visit Gujarat. Former President Bill Clinton had visited the state in the wake of the devastating Bhuj earthquake in 2001.
Trump will visit the famous Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and will take part in a road show with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After that, the two leaders will inaugurate a new cricket stadium in Motera. Later, the US President will also address a gathering.
Trump and First Lady, Melania Trump will be landing at Ahmedabad airport in the afternoon and will be given a guard of honour.
Over 25,000 police personnel, including 25 IPS officers, have been deployed to take care of the security arrangement. Personnel from the central agencies like SPG and NSG and the US Secret Service will be placed at strategic locations.