Donald Trump ended his two days visit in India. During the course of his 36 hours , he addressed the media for an hour today.
He expressed his opinions on various issues like freedom of religion, Kashmir issue, trade deals and citizenship act. Below are the excerpts-
Freedom Of Religion
Me. Trump said that he discussed about freedom of religion in his conversation with Indian prime minister and. Modi.
“We did talk about religious freedom. And I will say the Prime Minister was incredible on what he told me. He wants people to have religious freedom, and very strongly said that in India they have worked very hard to have great and open religious freedom” Mr. Trump said.
While taking the safe route and not being included in the current narrative, Trump said, “ I didn’t discuss the CAA law with PM Modi, it is up to India. Don’t want to say anything on CAA, I hope India will take the right decision for its people. I want to leave that to India and hopefully they will make the right decision for their people.”
When asked about terrorism of neighbouring country, Trump said, “We talked a lot about it today. I said I will do whatever I can do to help as my relationship with both gentlemen (PM Modi and Pakistan PM) is so good… Anything I can do to mediate/help, I’d do. They (Pakistan) are working on Kashmir. He added, “They (Pakistan) are working to control cross-border terrorism
Trump doesn’t seem very delighted with the current trade deals between two nations and he put forth good disappointment by saying this –
“ India is probably the highest tariff nation. I think you have to pay the highest tariff when you deal with India. Harley-Davidson has to pay tremendous tariffs when they send motorcycles here and when India sends to us, there is virtually no tariff. That’s unfair and we are working it out. I spoke to PM Modi on it. I think India would like to see it happen. We are pretty close. Everybody is happy about it,” he said.
Same old American perspective was laid down today when media personnel asked Trump to share his views on Kashmir issue.
He said, “Kashmir has been “thorn in lot of people’s sides” for long time and there are two sides to every story. He described Kashmir as a “big problem” between India and Pakistan. If anything I can do to mediate, I will do. Kashmir obviously is a big problem, but India and Pakistan are going to work it out. They have been doing it for a long time,” he concluded.