President Donald Trump met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Monday.
“It’s a great honor to have Prime Minister Modi of India, who’s been such a great prime minister. I’ve been speaking with him and reading about you and you have done a great job economically and he’s doing very well in so many other ways,” Trump said during the meeting.
“I’d like to congratulate you. I’d like to congratulate you very much,” he said.
Modi tweeted his thanks to Trump, writing that the U.S. president “welcomed me with immense warmth.”
The two countries are looking to expand ties on defense and the battle on terrorism, though Trump’s position on the U.S. trade deficit with other countries will likely create a strain in the economic relationship.
While the $30.8 billion trade deficit the United States ran with India last year ($7.4 billion from January to April this year) is likely to raise issues, the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies do face one common concern: China.
Trump has shifted tone on China after his election in an effort to win help on North Korea, but Washington and New Delhi share concerns about China’s rise as a military power.
China is India’s key strategic rival and the two countries have multiple ongoing border disputes.
After their talks, Modi and Trump will make statements in the Rose Garden.
Matthew Little for NTD Television