Trump to visit India next month

Trump to visit India next month


Multiple reports have said that he United States President, Mr. Donald Trump, is likely to visit India soon. Indian and US officials are in touch to finalise the dates and the US President could be in India as early as the second half of February, one of the report said.

Mr. Trump was invited for last year's Republic Day parade but he had expressed his inability to undertake the trip. The invitation was 'standing' since then.

While there has been no official word,the Hindustan Times reported that the visit could be pushed back depending on the impeachment trial in the US Senate, which is due to begin this week. Mr. Trump is facing impeachment ahead of the elections later this year.

The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi had invited Mr. Trump in September 2018 to visit India for the January 2019 Republic Day parade. However, in October 2018, the White House had said that the President would not be able to travel to India to be the chief guest at the parade due to his tight schedule. Among the reasons for the scheduling constraints was Mr. Trump's State of the Union speech - the US President every year addresses a joint sitting of the US Congress.

Speaking about Mr. Modi's invitation, Mr. Trump had said late last year: 'He wants me to go there. I will be going at some point to India.”

Last month, the Defence Minister,Mr Rajnath Singh and the External Affairs Minister, Mr. S Jaishankar had reiterated the standing invitation during their meeting with the US President at the White House. Mr. Trump's response is believed to have been positive, as per reports. In fact, when Mr. Modi and Mr. Trump spoke over phone on January 7, the visit too came up for discussion.

Another report said security and logistics team from the US are likely to visit Delhi this week itself to prepare the ground for the presidential visit. During the visit, the top item on the agenda is likely to be the bilateral trade agreement which has been pending since November 2018.