Donald Trump, the US president has said India wants a trade deal with the US despite the tough stand taken by his administration on this issue.
Earlier, Donald Trump said that he wants to stop subsidies to growing economies like India and China, which according to him are developing countries, to grow faster than any other nation.
He usually accuses India for imposing 100% tariffs on American products.
Without mentioning who called him, Donald Trump said, “Frankly, I’ll tell you, India called us the other day. They said they would like to start doing a trade deal, first time.”
“They wouldn’t talk about it with previous administrations. They were very happy with the way it was.”
He further added, his trade representatives headed by Bob Lighthizer are very tough, smart and very good.
Without revealing much, Trump said, “We have very talented people. They said, ‘Why are you calling?’ Because of President Trump. I was going to wait a little while. We’re going to — like they want to do it.” He added, the US and Japan have also initiated discussions over trade.
Trump said he became friends with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
He said, “Practically, every time a foreign leader comes in to see me, whether it’s Abe of Japan, whether it’s Modi of India, I’ve become friends with all of them.”
“You know, some of them are tough relationships because they’ve really been taken advantage of our country for many, many decades. But I’m friendly. They respect me. I respect them. They’re respecting our country again.”
Citing the latest GDP numbers, he said, “Think of this. One point in GDP, now when I started, it was down into low ones. President Obama had the lowest recovery since the Great Depression, so lowest. The worst recovery. It was like this. It was just terrible. And I’m not even knocking it. It was terrible.”
He even asked why can’t US grow, if India and China can grow at a fast pace.