US President Donald Trump has said India wants a trade deal with the US despite the tough stance taken by his administration on the issue.
“Frankly, I’ll tell you, India called us the other day. They said they would like to start doing a trade deal, first time,” President Trump said without mentioning who called up whom.
He added, “They wouldn’t talk about it with previous administrations. They were very happy with the way it was.”
He further said, “”We have very talented people. They said, ‘Why are you calling?’ Because of President Trump. I was going to wait a little while. We’re going to — like they want to do it.”
“Practically, every time a foreign leader comes in to see me, whether it’s Abe of Japan, whether it’s Modi of India, I’ve become friends with all of them,” he said.
“You know, some of them are tough relationships because they’ve really been taken advantage of our country for many, many decades. But I’m friendly. They respect me. I respect them. They’re respecting our country again,” he said.
“I’ve said, ‘You fixed a trade deal. When India has six, seven, eight per cent, when China used to have 11, 12 per cent, they’re still at six or seven, when they’re at seven per cent they’re feeling badly. And I’d say, ‘How come we have to be at one per cent?” Well, it’s the size. I said, ‘Really? Well, China is bigger than we are and India has 1.5 billion people. How come they’re at 10 per cent and 11 per cent?’ Well, they can’t answer it,” Donald Trump said.
“They can be at 11 per cent and we’re at 1 per cent, and they’re saying, oh, that’s great. No, no, we have more potential than any other country,” he said.
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