Trump visit: US NSA appreciates India

Washington: US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has thanked the people of India who came out in support of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania during their visit to the country, saying they have friends in America and the White House.

The president was accompanied by a high-powered delegation comprising senior Trump administration officials including NSA O’Brien during his maiden official visit to India from 24 to 25 February.

They visited Ahmedabad, Agra and New Delhi before leaving for Washington on Tuesday.

The US NSA, on his way back to the US, thanked the people of India for their support.

”Thanks to all the people of India that came out to support President Trump and the First Lady, Melania Trump, and the US delegation, affirming their friendship and partnership far into the future,” O’Brien said in a tweet.

”You have friends in the USA and in the White House,” the NSA said.

Separately, the White House in a tweet thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India for their incredible hospitality.

The White House in a tweet said that President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked at length about the India-Pakistan relationship.

The Foreign Policy magazine said that Trump left New Delhi without delivering on an ‘incredible’ trade deal despite years of high-level negotiations.

”As Washington is discovering, it is not easy dealing with a country led by a populist leader with a strong mandate and a proclivity towards protectionism. Despite those hurdles, the broader trendlines in the US-India relationship continue to seem robust, as shown by the visit itself,” the magazine said.

Major American newspapers prominently reported about the visit.

”As he completed his two-day stay, Mr Trump focused only on the positive, offering validation of Mr Modi as a champion of religious liberty even as the Indian government has adopted Hindu-first policies targeting Muslims,” The New York Times said.

”The president publicly accepted Mr Modi’s word that he treats the 1.3 billion people in his diverse country fairly without regard to faith and made no mention of the months of protests by those who think otherwise”.

”The president stressed the strength of his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in meetings long on symbolism and short on concrete agreements,” the NYT reported.