USA work out mutually convenient dates for Trump’s visit

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2020

Indian and US officials are discussing dates for a possible visit by US President Donald Trump to India, sources said on Tuesday. There has been no official confirmation about this from either side so far. India and the United States have built close political and security ties, but in recent years trade frictions have come to the fore. According to the sources, Mr. Trump is "keen" to visit early in the year, ahead of elections in November, and both sides are working towards a visit in the last week of February. 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.

Late previous year, Trump joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a massive gathering of Indian-Americans in Houston, in a symbolic show of the bond between the two leaders and countries.

The US House of Representatives is expected to vote this week to send its articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate. But an overarching trade deal he could boast about to Americans could just be the enticement to get the sniffy U.S President over in February (overcoming an aversion to New Delhi's pollution, which was one of the factors in not considering a Republic Day visit). Trump is yet to visit neighboring Mexico and has made only one visit to Canada in his three years in office.

However, Trump had turned down the invitation citing scheduling constraints and the dates clashing with the annual State of the Union address. India is also expected to announce further investments in the USA, and a substantial increase in American oil imports. In contrast, his predecessor Barack Obama went south of the border five times and north of the border thrice in his two terms; Obama also visited India twice.

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