United States work out mutually convenient dates for Trump’s visit

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2020

ET had reported in November that Trump could visit India in early 2020, before the presidential election calendar gets underway in the US. There has been no official confirmation about this from either side so far.

When the visit does take shape, India and the USA hope to seal a trade deal pending since 2018 amid a strain in ties.

Trump is also reportedly keen on visiting India in the early part of this year, before the United States presidential election in November. Reports suggest that India is also hoping for Trump to revoke cancellation of India's "Generalized System of Preference (GSP)" status. Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

Sources said the decision to visit India, at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation, was discussed during a telephone call between the leaders on January 7. The US President is in any case a fickle traveler prone to cancel visits at the last moment out of whim or pique about some perceived shortcoming, often to do with real estate.

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India had invited President Trump for the January 26 Republic Day parade a year ago but it did not materialize.

Trump's visit will also boost the USA administration's support for India's moves in Jammu and Kashmir amid anti-Delhi rhetoric by left-leaning section of Democrats.

However, Trump had turned down the invitation citing scheduling constraints and the dates clashing with the annual State of the Union address.

The September 22 rally - dubbed, with a touch of Texan twang, "Howdy, Modi!" - marked a rare joint appearance between a U.S. president and a foreign leader before an ethnic community, and was the pair's third meeting a year ago. The Modi government will also have to weigh what IT can present to the Indian public beyond a demanding American President who only takes but does not give.

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