On Monday, a senior administration official from the National Security Council of the White House, said, “President Trump has prioritized US-India relationship and worked to expand all facets of the partnership over the last three and a half years”.
The White House, stated that, ” US President Donald Trump has elevated America’s ties with India and solidified the growing partnership between the two countries in ways not seen in any previous administrations”. The US president will continue to build this critical partnership in the years to come, it asserted.
The official stated that, ” Given the two countries, democratic foundations and their mutual interests in rebuilding the global economy following COVID-19, diversifying global supply chains, and ensuring the Indo-Pacific region remains free and open, President Donald Trump will continue to build this critical partnership in the years, coming”.
The official said, “these gatherings boosted our people-to-people ties and highlighted the warm personal relationship between the two leaders.” And added that, “We have boosted quadrilateral consultations among the United States, India, Australia and Japan, with the four foreign ministers meeting for the first time in September 2019”.
Trump’s Indo-Pacific strategy prioritizes closer cooperation between the United States and India to secure free, open inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, – statement given by official.
Under the Trump Administration, the US has become the second largest arms supplier to India, growing from virtually no arms sales to decade ago to more than USD20 billion today, the official said, adding that earlier this year, the US and India concluded USD3 billion in defense sales, including MH-60R naval helicopters and additional AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.
The official stated that, ” The president has strengthened all aspects of US-India security and defense cooperation to build a comprehensive, enduring, and mutually beneficial defense partnership”.
The senior official noted, that Modi ji and Trump, have spoken side-by-side, at the major events. “Howdy, Modi” in September 2019 in Housten, Texas, before crowd over 55,000 and again at “Namaste, Trump” in February 2020 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to address a crowd of 110,000 people.
The official added in a statement, “as global leaders with vibrant democracies, the United States and India have cooperated to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. US and Indian pharmaceutical companies have collaborated to expand global supplies of critical medicines and are cooperating on vaccine development”.
Official said that, “to bolster India’s role as a net provider of security in the Indo-Pacific, the Trump administration has lifted restrictions on the provision of sensitive defense technology, enabling India to become the first non-treaty ally offered an armed MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial System.”
Mason stated, ” due credit also goes to PM Narendra Modi for his skilled policy towards the US. The India-US relationship has been rock solid. Kudos to the brilliance of both Trump and Modi for cementing the bond between India and US.”