New Delhi: A week ahead of his much-awaited India visit, US President Donald Trump said that a big trade deal with India is on the cards but it’s not certain whether it could be done before the presidential election in November. “We can have a trade deal with India. But I’m really saving the big deal for later,” he told reporters at Joint Base Andrews Tuesday afternoon (local time), as reported by PTI. Also Read - Paan Shops Sealed To Keep Walls Clean, Dogs Caged Ahead of Donald Trump's Ahmedabad Visit
“We’re doing a very big trade deal with India. We’ll have it. I don’t know if it’ll be done before the election, but we’ll have a very big deal with India,” he said. Also Read - ‘More Than 1 Lakh People Will Welcome Donald Trump in Ahmedabad,' Says Vijay Rupani
Trump is scheduled to visit India on February 24 and 25 along with First Lady Melania Trump. This will be Trump’s first official visit to India as the US President. “We’re not treated very well by India,” the US President said but he affirmed he likes India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he is looking forward to his India visit. Also Read - Gujarat Congress Warns of Protest at Stadium During Donald Trump Visit
“I happen to like Prime Minister Modi a lot,” Trump said. “He told me we’ll have seven million people between the airport and the event. And the stadium, I understand, is sort of semi under construction, but it’s going to be the largest stadium in the world. So it’s going to be very exciting… I hope you all enjoy it,” he told reporters.
Eyeing a limited trade deal with the US, India has offered to partially open up its poultry and dairy markets to the US. As the world’s largest milk-producer, India doesn’t allow foreign dairy products to enter the Indian market to protect the livelihoods of the 80 million Indians associated with dairy and poultry farming.
In 2019, Trump suspended India’s special trade designation after the Modi government put price caps on medical devices. Political bitterness too overshadowed the bilateral relationship as the US repeatedly expressed its desire to mediate over the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan but was told off by India.