Border security vital to both America and India: Donald Trump

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US President Donald Trump speaking at Howdy Modi event (RSTV)

US President Donald Trump speaking at Howdy Modi event (RSTV)

US President Donald Trump on Sunday vowed to protect innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism and said border security is vital to both America and India as he emphasised on bolstering further the Indo-US security relationship.

Addressing a record crowd of 50,000 Indian-Americans at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in the packed NRG stadium in Houston in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump said the countries will soon sign several defence deals to bolster their relationship.

“We are committed to protect innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism,” the US president said.

“India and US also understand that to keep our community safe, we must protect our borders. Border security is vital to the United States. Border Security is vital to India. And we understand that,” Trump said as Prime Minister Modi was seen clapping.

US President Donald Trump also greeted ‘Happy Birthday’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who turned 69 last week.

Addressing the gathering of 50,000 Indian-Americans at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event, Trump greeted him ‘happy birthday’ and said the prime minister marked “another milestone” this week. Modi turned 69 on September 17.

He praised PM Modi for doing “exceptional job” in India and said Indians voted “overwhelmingly” for him.

Trump said if he is elected, India will have a “true friend” in the White house. He said “India can never have a better friend” then Trump.

Earlier, Trump said that he and his “friend” Modi will have a “good time” at the mega event. “Look forward to being with our great India loving community!” he tweeted.

It is for the first time that Trump and PM Modi shared a stage together and addressed a record crowd of 50,000 Indian-Americans.

(PTI)