MEA gives Clarification on Trump's Remark of India Not Treating US Well


President of the USA, Donald Trump made a remark on India, saying that India has not treated his country “very well“. His remark comes days before his visit to India. Ministry of External Affairs cleared the context of the remark.

Crux of the Matter

Indo-US bilateral ties may see positive changes after Trump’s visit to India. However, days before, he made this controversial remark on trade relations with India that may portray India’s negative image. It is likely that Washington would not sign any big deal with Delhi before the US presidential elections.

The opposition parties in India like Congrees have shown their discontent with these remarks and said that “Donald trump trade deal remarks insult to India’s dignity.” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar responded to this comment, saying that “It is important to understand the context of the remark”.

He further clarified that the remark was to balance out the trade between both countries and India is looking forward to strengthening its bilateral relations and global ties. Ministry also confirmed that 5 MoUs were under discussion and there may be a talk on H-1B visa.

Back in September 2019, India’s PM Narendra Modi had wowed crowds in Houston in the ‘Howdy Modi’ extravaganza where he was brought on stage by Trump.


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Howdy Modi was a community summit hosted by Texas India Forum (TIF) for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of the United States Donald Trump on Sunday, September 22nd at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Over 50,000 attended the sold-out event, making it the largest gathering for an invited foreign leader visiting the United States other than the Pope. The “Howdy Modi” summit was organized with the support of more than 1,000 volunteers and 650 Texas-based Welcome Partner organizations. More Info