March 28, 2020 | 8:05 PM IST
Big Trade Deal

Prez Trump doubts on trade deal; says saving big trade deal for later

United States President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, hinted apprehensions about the fruitfulness of a major bilateral trade deal during his upcoming visit to India next week and hence, it will not be on the cards now. He said he has ‘saved it for a later’ date. 
Speaking with media at Joint Base Andrews, Trump elaborated, “We can have a trade deal with India, but I’m really saving the big deal for later.” He added that he wasn’t sure if the deal would be finalized before the presidential election in November.

Replying to a query on whether he expects a trade deal with India before the visit, Trump said, “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.”
With regard to the US-India ties, Trump said, “We're not treated very well by India.” He, however, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed his fondness for him. Speaking about his visit to India, Trump said that he was looking forward to it.

He (Modi) 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,” he said.
President Trump and First Lady of America Melania Trump will be visiting India on February 24 and 25.

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