Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump termed India as a key strategic ally and has promised that if he’ll be elected then India and the United State would become best friends and have a phenomenal future together.
"Under a Trump Administration, we are going to become even better friends , in fact I would take the term better out and we would be best friends," said Trump, the 70 years old presidential candidate in front of a cheering crowd of Indian-Americans.
The charity event was organized by the Republican Hindu Coalition. "We are going to have a phenomenal future together," Trump said as he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking India on a fast track growth.
He also praised PM Modi for introducing a series of economic reforms and reforming the bureaucracy, which he said is required in the US too. "I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi," he said, adding that the Indian leader is very energetic.
It was for the first time a presidential candidate attended an Indian American event this election season. "I am a big fan of Hindu and I am a big fan of India. If elected, the Indian and Hindu community would have a true friend at the White House," Trump said.
"I was there in India 19 months ago and look forward to going there many-many times," he said. He was in India to attend the event organised for the Kashmiri Pundits and to support Bangladeshi Hindu terrorist victims.
Trump appreciated India's role in fight against terrorism. "We appreciate that the India has been to the US in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism," he said as he slammed his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for not using this word.