Trump India visit highlights: 'Trade deal can happen towards end of 2020'

US President Donald Trump addresses media
Donald Trump India Visit LIVE updates: US President Donald Trump held extensive talks on defence ties among other issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the Hyderabad House on Tuesday, a day after he visited India accompanied by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration.

On Monday, Trump arrived in Ahmedabad and later addressed the 'Namaste Trump' event at the packed Motera Stadium. Later, he visited the Taj Mahal along with his family.

Trump also announced both countries finalised defence deals worth $3 billion.


10:53 PM IST As  Donald Trump departed after his neatl' New Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) As Donald Trump left for the US after his nearly 36-hour-long visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday night thanked the US President for coming to India. Modi also said, "We have covered great ground as far as strengthening bilateral relations are concerned." This visit, he said, has been a "path-breaking one".   "India-USA friendship benefits the people of our nations and the world," Modi said in a series of tweets. "Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP for coming to India...I am delighted that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP saw different aspects of Indian culture and hospitality," he said. The people of India welcomed them with immense warmth, Modi said.   In another tweet, the prime minister said India is happy to have hosted President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. "Your liking towards India is clearly visible ... My best wishes to you in your endeavours to further empowerment and enterprise among women," he said. Modi hoped to see the two "back in India soon". He was responding to a tweet by Ivanka about her visit to Sabarmati ashram on Monday.  "Visiting the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati; home to the ideology that set India free and a wellspring of inspiration and guidance," she had written.

10:49 PM IST PM Modi took to twitter to thank US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for coming to India. He added, "This visit has been a path-breaking one. We have covered great ground as far as strengthening bilateral relations are concerned. India-USA friendship benefits the people of our nations and the world." Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP for coming to India. This visit has been a path-breaking one. We have covered great ground as far as strengthening bilateral relations are concerned. India-USA friendship benefits the people of our nations and the world. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 25, 2020

10:40 PM IST

9:31 PM IST Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, music maestro AR Rahman and Chief Ministers of several states were present at the banquet dinner hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind in the honour of US President Donald Trump at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.   President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were received at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are also present on the occasion.   Among other Indian dignitaries present there Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, chef Vikas Khanna, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.   Melania opted for a subtle yet elegant outfit as she wore a sober pink loosely fitted dress with an accentuated bow around her neckline paired up with matching pants.   An elaborate menu that includes multiple vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies has been prepared for the couple.   The US President reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan after addressing a press conference in the evening. Earlier in the day, he had held both, restricted and delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

8:26 PM IST Harvey Weinstein's conviction of rape and sexual assault was a "great victory" for women and sends a "very strong message", US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday. "I think that from the standpoint of women, I think it was a great thing," Trump said at a news conference in India, a day after Weinstein was convicted. "It was a great victory. And sends a very strong message, very, very strong message." The conviction of the once-powerful Hollywood producer was hailed as a historic victory by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.

8:25 PM IST A heated exchange took place between the US president and CNN journalist Jim Acosta at a press conference on Tuesday after Donald Trump raised questions over the integrity of the TV network. After Acosta asked Trump if he would pledge to reject any foreign interference in the upcoming presidential polls and also questioned his move to appoint a new acting Director of National Intelligence who apparently does not have any intelligence experience, the US president said he does not want any help from any country and hasn't been given help from any country.   Trump also spoke of an 'apology' CNN reportedly made recently for reporting false information. Acosta shot back,"Mr President, I think that our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes, if you don't mind me stating." Continuing the verbal sparring, Trump said, "Let me tell you about your record. Your record is so bad you ought to be ashamed of yourself." "I'm not ashamed of anything and our organisation is not ashamed," retorted Acosta. The US president also accused the CNN of having the worst record in broadcasting.

8:20 PM IST Delhi: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet PM Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and other Union Ministers, at Rashtrapati Bhawan. pic.twitter.com/2PY2W8NFWI — ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020

7:25 PM IST The new citizenship law did not come up for discussion between visiting US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday, noting that the two leaders talked about religious harmony in a "positive way". He said that India and the US held talks in five major categories - security, defence, energy, technology and people-to-people contact, with Trump assuring India highest consideration for collaboration in defence sector.

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PM thanks Trump for India visit

As  Donald Trump departed after his neatl' New Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) As Donald Trump left for the US after his nearly 36-hour-long visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday night thanked the US President for coming to India. Modi also said, "We have covered great ground as far as strengthening bilateral relations are concerned." This visit, he said, has been a "path-breaking one".
 
"India-USA friendship benefits the people of our nations and the world," Modi said in a series of tweets. "Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP for coming to India...I am delighted that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP saw different aspects of Indian culture and hospitality," he said. The people of India welcomed them with immense warmth, Modi said.
 
In another tweet, the prime minister said India is happy to have hosted President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. "Your liking towards India is clearly visible ... My best wishes to you in your endeavours to further empowerment and enterprise among women," he said. Modi hoped to see the two "back in India soon". He was responding to a tweet by Ivanka about her visit to Sabarmati ashram on Monday.  "Visiting the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati; home to the ideology that set India free and a wellspring of inspiration and guidance," she had written.

PM Modi thanks Donald Trump and Melania Trump for coming to India

PM Modi took to twitter to thank US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for coming to India. He added, "This visit has been a path-breaking one. We have covered great ground as far as strengthening bilateral relations are concerned. India-USA friendship benefits the people of our nations and the world."


US President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump depart from Delhi following two-day visit to India


VP, PM Modi, AR Rahman, several CMs at President's dinner for Trump

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, music maestro AR Rahman and Chief Ministers of several states were present at the banquet dinner hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind in the honour of US President Donald Trump at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.
 
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were received at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are also present on the occasion.
 
Among other Indian dignitaries present there Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, chef Vikas Khanna, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
 
Melania opted for a subtle yet elegant outfit as she wore a sober pink loosely fitted dress with an accentuated bow around her neckline paired up with matching pants.
 
An elaborate menu that includes multiple vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies has been prepared for the couple.
 
The US President reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan after addressing a press conference in the evening. Earlier in the day, he had held both, restricted and delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Trump says Weinstein conviction 'sends very strong message'

Harvey Weinstein's conviction of rape and sexual assault was a "great victory" for women and sends a "very strong message", US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday. "I think that from the standpoint of women, I think it was a great thing," Trump said at a news conference in India, a day after Weinstein was convicted. "It was a great victory. And sends a very strong message, very, very strong message." The conviction of the once-powerful Hollywood producer was hailed as a historic victory by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.

Trump gets into heated exchange with CNN journo at presser

A heated exchange took place between the US president and CNN journalist Jim Acosta at a press conference on Tuesday after Donald Trump raised questions over the integrity of the TV network. After Acosta asked Trump if he would pledge to reject any foreign interference in the upcoming presidential polls and also questioned his move to appoint a new acting Director of National Intelligence who apparently does not have any intelligence experience, the US president said he does not want any help from any country and hasn't been given help from any country.
 
Trump also spoke of an 'apology' CNN reportedly made recently for reporting false information. Acosta shot back,"Mr President, I think that our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes, if you don't mind me stating." Continuing the verbal sparring, Trump said, "Let me tell you about your record. Your record is so bad you ought to be ashamed of yourself." "I'm not ashamed of anything and our organisation is not ashamed," retorted Acosta. The US president also accused the CNN of having the worst record in broadcasting.

CAA didn't figure in Trump-Modi talks; religious harmony discussed in positive way: FS

The new citizenship law did not come up for discussion between visiting US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday, noting that the two leaders talked about religious harmony in a "positive way".
He said that India and the US held talks in five major categories - security, defence, energy, technology and people-to-people contact, with Trump assuring India highest consideration for collaboration in defence sector.

India, US have 'almost closed' contours of limited trade pact: Goyal

India and the US have moved to the next level of engagement having "almost closed" the final contours of limited trade package, and will come up with a comprehensive trade deal going forward, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday. Goyal was participating in the 'US-India Forum: Partners for Growth' conference. "On the economic front, having almost closed the last contours of the limited trade deal and with the announcement of a much larger trade deal in the offing, we have moved to a new level of engagement," Goyal said.

PM Modi wants people to have religious freedom: Trump

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he discussed the issue of religious freedom with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his comprehensive talks and that the Indian leader wants people to have this freedom. He also said that talked about his country's peace deal with the Taliban with Modi, and said that India will like to see it happen. Addressing a press conference, Trump described Modi as a "terrific" leader and India as a "tremendous country". "We did talk about religious freedom. Prime Minister Modi wants people to have religious freedom in India...If you look back India has worked hard for religious freedom," Trump said. However, when asked if he discussed the violent incidents here during his visit, he said that he didn't discuss individual attacks with PM Modi and "that is up to India".
"Anything I can do to mediate/help, I would do. They (Pak) are working on Kashmir. Kashmir has been a thorn in lots of people's sight for a long time. There are two sides to every story. We discussed terrorism at length today," Trump said.
US President on being asked about terrorism emanating from Pak: "We talked a lot about it at length today. No question it is a problem. They are working on it. I said I will do whatever I can do to help because my relationship with both gentlemen (PM Modi & Pak PM) is so good."
"Spoke to PM Modi about religious freedom. He wants people to have religious freedom. India has worked very hard to ensure religious freedom," says Donald Trump

Trump invites India Inc to invest 'billions' in the US

US President Donald Trump invited India Inc to invest "billions" of dollars in the US to reap the benefit of tax and regulation cuts that his administrations has implemented. On Tuesday, the second and final day of his visit, Trump interacted with top honchos of India Inc including RIL's Mukesh Ambani, Aditya Birla Group's Kumar Mangalam Birla and Tata Group's N. Chandrasekaran amongst others at the business round table event organised at the US Embassy. Inviting India Inc to invest in the US economy to create jobs, he talked about an upcoming tax cut for the American middle class and how that unemployment in the US was at a record low.

India, US held talks in five major categories: Foreign Secretary

India and the US held talks in five major categories - security, defence, energy, technology and people to people contact, with President Donald Trump assuring India highest consideration for collaboration in defence sector, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday. Shringla told reporters that the two countries have also decided to set up working groups on curbing narcotics trafficking and reinvigorating homeland security, he told reporters. "President Trump has assured highest consideration to India for procurement, technology and joint collaboration in defence sector," he said. Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks for five hours to arrive at a slew of agreements, Shringla said.
Issue of CAA didn't come up; appreciation from both sides that pluralism, diversity binding factor: FS on talks on CAA, religious freedom
Connectivity was discussed in global context, especially within Indo-Pacific region: FS Harsh Vardhan Shringla
India-US have decided to set up working group on narcotics, reinvigorate homeland security: Foreign Secretary
Talks held in five major categories - security, defence, energy, technology, people to people contact: FS Harsh Vardhan Shringla
Indian side raised issue of H1 B visa, highlighted contribution of Indian professionals in IT sector: Foreign Secretary on Modi-Trump talks
Energy has emerged as one of most important areas of bilateral cooperation; expect to source USD 9 billion from US in 2020: FS
Over five hours of talks between President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi during visit: FS Harsh Vardhan Shringla
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on US President Donald Trump's visit: This is a partnership that has encompassed an extraordinary increase in both exchanges as well as cooperation in various security domains.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on US President Donald Trump's visit: On security and defense there was an understanding that we have a strong strategic partnership, that is now referred to as comprehensive strategic global  partnership.

US President Donald Trump addresses business leaders in New Delhi

The visit was great; We will remember welcome accorded to us: US President Donald Trump
US-India partnership truly stronger than ever before: US President Donald Trump
We agreed to cooperate in dealing with radical islamic terrorism: US President Donald Trump
We decided to set up counter-narcotic centre. We are working on blue dot network for sustainable projects: US President Donald Trump
There was focus on having comprehensive trade deal: US President Donald Trump
We discussed 5G telecom technology, situation in Indo-Pacific: US President Donald Trump
We finalised defence deals worth $3 billion: US President Donald Trump
Visit has been unforgettable, extraordinary and productive: US President Donald Trump

Donald Trump at joint press statement

Melania and I have been awed by the majesty of India and the exceptional generosity and kindness of the Indian people. We will always remember the magnificent welcome the citizens of your home state (of PM Modi) showed us upon arrival: Donald Trump: 
Our commerce ministers have had positive talks on trade. Both of us have decided that our teams should give legal shape to these trade talks. We also agreed to open negotiations on a big trade deal. We have agreed to initiate negotiations for big trade deal, we are confident that it will yield good results: PM Modi
We have decided to enhance efforts to hold supporters of terrorism accountable: PM Modi
We agreed on new mechanism to contain drug trafficking: PM Modi
Defence cooperation between two countries is reflective of rising strategic partnership between India and US: PM Modi
We have decided to take Indo-US ties to comprehensive global partnership level: PM Modi
Today we discussed every important aspect of US-India partnership, be it defence and security, energy strategic partnership, trade or people to people ties. The strengthening in defence ties between India and US is an important aspect of our partnership: PM Modi
Relations between US-India are people driven: PM Modi
We once again weclome President Trump and his delegation: PM Modi

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi issue joint press statement


First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump speaks at Sarvodaya School

Want to thank all educators for setting positive example and giving skills, knowledge to students: Melania Trump at govt school

First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump speaks at Sarvodaya School

It is inspiring to hear that students here practice mindfulness at the start of the day. The Happiness Curriculum is very insightful: Melania Trump at Delhi school

First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump speaks at Sarvodaya School in Nanakpura

Namaste! It's a beautiful school. Thank you for welcoming me with a traditional dance performance. This is my first visit to India, people here are so welcoming and so kind.

PM Modi at Hyderabad House

I welcome you (US President Donald Trump) and the US delegation to India. I know that you are busy these days, still, you took out time for the visit to India. I am grateful to you for this. 

US President Donald Trump at Hyderabad House

The last two days, especially yesterday at the stadium, it was a great honour for me. People were there maybe more for you (PM Modi) than for me. 125 thousand people were inside. Every time I mentioned you, they cheered more. People love you here.

Melania Trump interacts with students and teachers at Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School

Donald Trump and PM Modi hold talks at Hyderabad House

Melania Trump visits Delhi govt school

First Lady Melania Trump visits Savodaya Vidyalaya school in Moti Bagh to attend 'Happiness' class

PM Modi holds talks with US President Donald Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with US President Donald Trump to discuss entire gamut of bilateral ties

US President Donald Trump's message in the visitor's book at Raj Ghat

PM Modi receives US President and the First Lady at Hyderabad House

Trump & First Lady arrive at Hyderabad House


Trump & First Lady Melania plant a tree at Raj Ghat

US President Donald Trump  pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at rajghat
Earlier today: US President Donald Trump receives ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Trump & First Lady write in the visitor's book at Raj Ghat

Trump to hold bilateral talks with PM Modi shortly

After Raj Ghat, the US President Donald Trump will head to the Hyderabad House for bilateral talks with PM Modi. 

Trump visits Rajghat

US President Donald Trump, First Lady of the US Melania Trump visits Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi

PM Modi arrives at Hyderabad House

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Hyderabad House. US President Donald Trump will meet him here shortly.

Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School all set to welcome Melania Trump

Trump arrives at Rashtrapati Bhawan

US President Donald Trump receives ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Tuesday’s agenda

Trump and the First Lady would be given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
 
Trump and the First Lady will visit Rajghat to pay homage at the 'samadhi' of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
Trump will hold a restricted and delegation-level talks with PM Modi at the Hyderabad House.
 
Prime Minister Modi would host a lunch for Trump.
 
Trump is expected to attend events at the US Embassy.
 
The US president will meet President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening.

Modi-Trump meeting important to US national security and global economy: Lawmakers

The meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump is important to America's national security interest and global economy, a group of US lawmakers has said.
 
Senator Ted Cruz, who was the runner-up for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2016 election, said on Monday that India is a friend, an ally and the largest democracy on Earth.
 
"Trump and Modi meeting is important to US national security and the global economy. Last year I was proud to welcome PM Modi to Texas, where I reaffirmed my commitment to the India-US friendship," Cruz said in a tweet.

Ivanka Trump arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of ceremonial reception


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