Continuing the streak of US Presidents visiting India during their tenure, President Donald Trump will visit India on 24-25 February.
Trump is the fourth President to visit India during his presidency. Before him, 3 US Presidents, Bill Clinton (2000), George H.W Bush (2006), and Barack Obama (2010 and 2015) have visited India.
WHEN WAS IT ANNOUNCED?
On Tuesday, the White House announced this news. This announcement put an end to the weeks of speculation that Washington D.C. and New Delhi were planning this trip. The White House announced the news in a Twitter post.
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“President @realDonaldTrump & @FLOTUS will travel to India from February 24-25 to visit Prime Minister @narendramodi! The trip will further strengthen the US-India strategic partnership & highlight the strong & enduring bonds between the American & Indian people.”
The statement released by India largely mirrored the White House’s statement, and said: “During the visit, President Trump and the First Lady will attend official engagements in New Delhi and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and interact with a wide cross-section of Indian society.”
WHY IS DONALD TRUMP’S VISIT SIGNIFICANT?
This trip is instrumental in showing how far relationships between India and the USA have come. India was once seen on the side of the former Soviet Union during the Cold War years. On the other hand, the US was as an ally of Pakistan.
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Arun K Singh, India’s former ambassador to the US, said: “Trump’s decision shows continuity in US policy and that he himself attaches importance to ties with India.”
“During a phone call over the weekend, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi agreed the trip will further strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership and highlight the strong and enduring bonds between the American and Indian people,” the statement released by the White House said.
The announcement of Donald Trump visiting India coincided with a visit of US Nuclear Energy Institute delegation to India.