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Washington, February 12, 2020
United States President Donald Trump, who is slated to make his first visit to India on February 24-25, said on Tuesday that he is willing to sign a trade deal with India if it is the right one.
"They would like to do something, and we'll see. If we can make the right deal, we'll do it," he told journalists in his Oval Office.''Q Mr. President, you are traveling to India later this month.'
Asked about the trip, he said, "I spoke with Prime Minister Modi and it’s going to be very — I don’t know who’s going, but it’s — he said we will have millions and millions of people.
"My only problem is — so, last night, we probably had 40- or 50,000 people. Far more than anyone else. But when we have 50,000 people nowadays, fellas, I’m not going to feel so good — (laughter) — because he thinks we’ll have 5- to 7 million people just from the airport to the new stadium," he said, amid laughter.
"And, you know, it’s the largest stadium in the world. He’s building it now. It’s almost complete and it’s the largest in the world. And he’s a friend of mine. He’s a great gentleman. And I look forward to going to India. So we’ll be going at the end of the month," he added.
In Delhi, sources said on Wednesday the government is organising the event 'Kem Chho, Trump', the Gujarati equivalent of the Texas event 'Howdy Modi', in Ahmedabad for President Trump and his wife Melania.
In a tweet, Modi hinted at the ongoing preparations for Trump's two-day visit.
"Extremely delighted that POTUS Donald Trump and First Lady will visit India on 24th and 25th February. India will accord a memorable welcome to our esteemed guests. This visit is a very special one and it will go a long way in further cementing India-US friendship," Modi tweeted.
Sources said Trump and Modi will do a roadshow from Ahmedabad airport and visit the Sabarmati Ashram to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
Later, Trump will inaugurate Ahmedabad's newly-constructed Sardar Patel Stadium with a seating capacity of over 100,000 people. The 'Kem Chho, Trump' event will be held at the stadium.
Trump is likely to sign a limited trade deal with Modi ahead of the US Presidential election later this year. He hopes to draw votes from the Indian diaspora in the US.