Washington, September 5
Highlighting the nice relationship that he has developed with Indian Americans and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump mentioned that he would suppose that Indian Americans would vote for him within the November three presidential election.
“We have great support from India. We have great support from Prime Minister Modi. I would think that the Indian (American) people would be voting for Trump,” the President advised reporters at a White House information convention.
Trump was responding to a query on a video titled, “Four more years” launched by the Trump Campaign through the Republican National Convention final month.
Tweeted by Kimberly Guilfoyle, nationwide chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee and retweeted by his son Donald Trump Jr, the video conceptualised by Al Mason, co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee, has brief clips from the Modi-Trump joint handle in Houston final yr and Ahmedabad in February this yr.
“Would Kimberly, Don Jr and Ivanka Trump, who are very popular among Indian Americans, would be campaigning on your behalf among the Indian Americans with your views on India-US relationship?” he was requested.
“I know India and I understood those young people (Kimberley, Donald J Trump Jr and Ivanka) that you mentioned. They’re very good young people. And I know their relationship with India is very good and so is mine,” Trump mentioned.
The president mentioned that he had an excellent relationship with Modi.
“Prime Minister Modi is a friend of mine and he’s doing a very good job. Nothing easy but he’s done a very good job,” he mentioned as he recollected his historic handle on the ‘Howdy Mody’ occasion in Houston final September.
“We had an event in Houston, as you know. And it was a fantastic event. I was invited by Prime Minister Modi and this was a massive (event)… And it was incredible. And the prime minister could not have been more generous. We have great support from India. We have great support from Prime Minister Modi,” Trump mentioned.
The President then referred to his India go to early this yr in February earlier than the coronavirus pandemic hit the 2 international locations.
“I also, as you know, went to India just prior to the pandemic setting in because India has been hit very hard, left really about a week before that, and we had an incredible time. What we saw the people are so incredible it’s really an incredible place, an incredible country and its definitely big,” he mentioned.
“But you’ve got a great leader and he’s a great person,” Trump mentioned.
In current weeks, each the Democrats and the Republicans have intensified their outreach to the Indian American group, particularly within the battleground states.
Recent analysis by Mason in battleground states confirmed that Indian Americans who historically vote for the Democrats are switching over to the Republican occasion in vital numbers as a result of the friendship that Trump has with Modi and the latter’s excessive recognition amongst a big part of the group who quantity 4 million within the US, of which 2.5 million are eligible to vote.
In the battleground states, they number one.three million as per a current comment made by Indian Americans within the Democratic occasion.
Mason’s survey was performed earlier than former vice chairman Joe Biden, the Democratic occasion’s presidential candidate, chosen Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris as his working mate, a transfer Democratic occasion chief consider would stem the movement of Indian Americans in direction of the Republicans.
Both Trump and his marketing campaign, in current remarks, assert that extra Indian Americans assist them than the Democrats.
In varied writings and remarks, the Democratic leaders in current weeks have apprehended that Trump’s friendship with Modi may sway their conventional vote financial institution the election.
The Trump marketing campaign believes that Indian Americans can play an vital position within the election, particularly within the battleground states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio, the place the 2 rival campaigns can be battling for each vote.
The Democratic marketing campaign, too, is popping out with concepts and commercials to woo Indian Americans.
The Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has addressed the group nearly, whereby he has acknowledged the important thing position that Indian Americans can play in battleground states.
On August 15, each Biden and Harris made a video handle to an Indian American occasion. The marketing campaign has launched a coverage paper for Indian Americans. PTI