President Trump showed his mastery in foreign relations and diplomacy today when he met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two world leaders met for a working dinner and then gave a joint press conference in the Rose Garden.
No one could deny the two got along well just from this epic hug:
President Trump had the difficult task of being friendly with India, but also accommodating American interests by getting India to lower its trade barriers to American exports. President Trump was clear:
“It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods into your markets and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country.”
Last year the U.S. had a more than $30 billion trade deficit with India.
Despite the potential conflict between the two countries’ desire to increase their own domestic manufacturing, PM Modi seemed excited for revitalized relations with the U.S., saying:
“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.”
The Trump Administration has also made new deals with India, including the approval of $2 billion in naval drones from an American defense contractor, and on-going negotiations to sell American gas.
Over all the meeting was very positive, and although there will always be a possibility for disagreement, it is great to see the two leaders get along so well. As one Indian official said:
“If the chemistry is good, everything else gets sorted. The only way is up. How much up we go depends on the leaders. If they click, we go up higher.”
That’s what we like to hear! The media is never going to emphasize the positive sides of this meeting and how both leaders and working towards growing both countries- together! That’s why we need to share this 1 million times to show President Trump is making the U.S. friends and strengthening key allies around the world!