Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to meet United States of America President Donald Trump this month. Modi is to land in Washington DC between the 25th and 27th of this month. The timings and format of the meeting have not yet been revealed. A spokesperson for New Delhi joked that they are happy to sacrifice all thrills and frills as long as there are no spills.
Donald Trump accused Modi of extracting “billions and billions” in his speech when the United States withdrew their support from the Paris Climate Agreement on grounds that American taxpayer money should be spent on jobs and factories back home. The accusation along with the existing differences on visas and trade issues has led to a lowering of the enthusiasm among Trump’s Indian-American supporters for Modi’s visit to Washington DC.
The two world leaders are to meet at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on the 7th and 8th of July. The meeting prior to that is more of a “get-to-know” bilateral discussion as there is a slim chance of that during the summit given Trump’s temperament and short attention span. Modi is also likely to meet various CEOs and individual lawmakers during his visit to the United States of America. However, given the “no thrills, no frills” part, he is most likely to relinquish a visit to Congress and an event which has been his mark on all countries he visited in the past.
Apart from the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping’s visit, all dignitaries have had short visits to the White House under Donald Trump and the outcomes have also been modest.