Highlighting the great relationship that has developed with Indian Americans and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump said that he felt Indian Americans would vote for him in the November 3 presidential election.
“We have a lot of support from India. We have a lot of support from Prime Minister Modi. I think Indian (American) people will vote for Trump,” the president told reporters at a White House news conference.
Trump was answering a question during a video titled “Four more years” released by the Trump campaign during the Republican National Convention last month. Tweeted by Kimberly Guilfoy, National Chairman of Trump Victory Finance Committee and retweet by her son Donald Trump Jr., video conceived by Al Mason, co-chairman of Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee, is short clip from Modi-Trump joint address . Last year in Houston and in Ahmedabad in February this year.
“Will Kimberly, Don Jr., and Ivanka Trump, who are so popular among Indian Americans, campaign on your behalf among Indian Americans with your views on Indo-US relations?” he was asked.
Trump said, “I know India and I understood those youngsters (Kimberley, Donald J. Trump Jr. and Ivanka). They are very good young people. And I know that they have very good relations with India and that is mine. . ” .
The President said that he has very good relations with PM Modi.
“Prime Minister Modi is a friend of mine and he is doing a great job. Nothing is easy, but he has done a great job,” he said, recalling his historic address at the ‘Howie Modie’ event in Houston last year did.
“We had an event in Houston, as you know. And it was a fantastic event. I was invited by Prime Minister Modi and it was a massive (event) … and it was incredible. And Pradhan Couldn’t be a minister. More liberal. We have a lot of support from India. We have a lot of support from Prime Minister Modi, “Trump said.
The President then referred to his visit to India earlier this year, before the coronovirus epidemic killed both countries.
“I also, as you know, went to India just before the epidemic was established because India has been hit very hard, it was about a week before it actually left, and we had an incredible time. We Saw how incredible people are. Really an incredible place, an incredible country and definitely big, “he said.
“But you’ve got a great leader and he’s a great person,” Trump said.
In recent weeks, both Democrats and Republicans have intensified their penetration for the Indian American community, especially in battleground states.
A recent research by Mason in the Battle Ground states showed that Indian Americans, who traditionally vote for Democrats, are switching to the Republican Party in significant numbers because Trump’s PM Modi and a large section of the community The latter has high popularity. Four million number in the US, 2.5 million of whom are eligible to vote.
On the battlefield, they number 1.3 million according to a recent comment made by Indian Americans in the Democratic Party.
Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden, Mason surveyed as former Vice Presidential candidate, Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris was chosen as her partner, a Democratic Party leader believed That will stop the flow of Indian Americans towards Republicans.
Trump and his campaign, in recent comments, claim that more Indian Americans support them than Democrats.
Democratic leaders have said in various articles and comments in recent weeks that Trump’s friendship with PM Modi may contest his traditional vote bank.
The Trump campaign believes Indians can play a key role in the US election, particularly in battlegrounds such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio, where two rival campaigns will be battling for every vote.
The Democratic campaign is also coming up with ideas and advertisements to woo Indian Americans.
Democratic National Committee President Tom Perez has virtually addressed the community, acknowledging the prominent role that Indian Americans can play in the battlefields.
On August 15, both Biden and Harris produced a video address of an Indian American show. The campaign has issued a policy paper for Indian Americans.
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