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Hindus to have a 'true friend' at White House if I become President: Trump

Updated: Oct 16, 2016 09:26 IST

New Jersey [United States], Oct. 16 (ANI): Asserting that he was a 'big fan' of India, Republican candidate Donald Trump played a major diplomatic card saying that if elected as President, the Indian and Hindu community would have a true friend at the White House.

Addressing a charity event organised by the Republican Hindu Coalition, Trump branded India as a key strategic ally and made a sweeping declaration that India and the U.S. would become 'best friends' with a phenomenal future, if he comes to power.

"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. We are going to have a phenomenal future together. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi," Trump said, as he lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to boost the economic development in India.

Wooing the Indian community in the U.S., and sending a message out to people in India, the flamboyant businessman asserted that he has full faith in the Prime Minister Modi and that the Indian and Hindu community would have a true friend at the White House if he was elected as President.

Hailing India's fight against terrorism, Trump stated that India has been a 'great friend' to the US in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism, while he strongly condemned the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

"I love Mumbai city. The attack on India was absolutely outrageous. The U.S will share soldier to soldier together in the fight against terrorism," he said. (ANI)

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Eight terrorists killed in Karachi encounter

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 16:47 IST

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