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India, US would be "best friends" if elected as prez: Trump

Press Trust of India  |  Edison (New Jersey) 

Terming as a "key strategic ally", Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has promised that if voted to power and the US 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," Trump, 70, told a cheering crowd of Indian-Americans at a charity event organised by the Republican Hindu Coalition yesterday.

"We are going to have a phenomenal future together," Trump said as he praised Prime Minister Modi for taking on a fast track growth with 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 season.

"I am a big fan of Hindus and I am a big fan of If elected, the Indian and Hindu community would have a true friend at the White House," Trump said, adding that he has great confidence in Modi and

"I was there 19 months ago and look forward to going there many many times," he said at the event organised for the Kashmiri Pundits and Bangladeshi Hindu terrorist victims.

Trump appreciated India's role in the fight against terrorism.

"We appreciate the great friend 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.

Trump said had seen brutality of terrorism, including the Mumbai attacks.

"Mumbai, a city, I love. The attack on was absolutely outrageous," he said while assuring some 5,000 Indian-Americans at the event that if he becomes the president, the US would "share soldier to soldier together" in the fight against terrorism.

"is key and a key strategic ally," he said, adding that he looks forward to deepening and strengthening military cooperation with

In his welcome address, Republican Hindu Coalition founder and chairman Shalabh Kumar said that this is the first time in the history that a major presidential candidate has addressed Hindu-Americans just three weeks before the

He urged Hindus to support and vote for Trump in the upcoming general and help fight terrorism.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, October 16 2016. 12:07 IST