Modi won’t be going to Taj Mahal with Trump

Modi won’t be going to Taj Mahal with Trump”

A potential trade deal between the USA and India may not go as smoothly as some suspect. "We are doing a very big trade deal with India". We'll do it after the election.

The Trumps were expected to spend about half-an-hour at the Ashram.

India in its February 1 budget proposal announced new import tariffs on medical devices, walnuts, toys, electronics and other products in a move aimed at reducing imports from China but affecting many USA firms.

A worker observes an electric furnace inside a steel factory on the outskirts of Jammu.

Trump and Modi will address the "Namaste Trump" event that is being readied for the visiting dignitary.

USA president Donald Trump will be going to the Taj Mahal without the company of Narendra Modi during the latter's visit to India next week, official sources said.

Trump will land in Ahmedabad where preparations have been made to welcome him. "I think that could happen too", he said. "We are also purchasing a large number of civilian aircraft and feel that some of these steps will bridge the trade deficit". "So, we don't want to create an artificial deadline". Various prominent spots, including roundabouts, will also be beautified with flowers, according to an official of the New Delhi Municipal Council.

India has been demanding exemption from high tariffs on steel and aluminum products, restoration of preferential treatment under Washington's Generalized System of Preferences, and market access for its farm products.

India is expected to appease the US with a promise to cut tariffs to single digits.

There won't any official engagements there nor will senior dignitaries from the Indian side be present, the sources said. Those affiliated with India's ruling BJP were both more likely to approve of Trump, and to offer up an opinion in the first place.

Numbers are important for Trump, with the brash billionaire and his chief spokesman launching a startling assault on the media on his first full day in office, accusing reporters of downplaying the turnout at his swearing-in ceremony.

On Wednesday, local media reported that the Indian government has approved a $2.6-billion deal to buy 24 Lockheed Martin-made helicopters from the US, setting it up as one of the key achievements during Trump-Modi talks scheduled for February 25.

This is his first visit to India as president and comes at a time when bilateral relations between the two countries, though not hostile, leave much to be desired. "Trump will try to elevate his stature by securing more defense orders from India".

After a stop at Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, aka the "Father of the Nation", Trump will meet with the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official presidential residence in New Delhi.

It will be rammed with around 100,000 people for an event dubbed "Namaste Trump", payback for a "Howdy, Modi" rally in Houston past year in front of some of America's vast Indian diaspora. The event was attended by 50,000 Indian-Americans and showed how popular Modi is in the community.

"We're doing a very big trade deal with India", Trump said before the visit but conceded it may not be done before United States elections in November.

Although a Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said in a press briefing there would be restricted delegation-level talks and MoU agreements, expectations concerning any solid progress between the US and India are muted.

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