On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was “delighted” that the United States President Donald Trump would join him at “Howdy, Modi” Event on September 22 in Houston, termed it a “special gesture”. The White House officials have been quoted saying that when the Indian Prime Minister had requested a joint address in France on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, President Trump “immediately” accepted it.
Hours after the White House has confirmed that the US President would drop in, PM Modi tweets: “A special gesture by @POTUS, signifying the special friendship between India and USA! Delighted that President @realDonaldTrump will join the community program in Houston on the 22nd. Looking forward to joining the Indian origin community in welcoming him to the program.”
He continued, “The ‘special gesture’ of President Trump to join us in Houston highlights the strength of the relationship and recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy.”
The White House has said that the US President’s meeting with PM Modi in Houston “will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the world’s oldest and largest democracies.”
According to official sources, President Donald Trump “enjoys great chemistry and friendship with PM Modi,” immediately accepted his invitation to join him and directed his officials to make arrangements.
On Sunday, the White House said in a statement, “In Houston, President Trump will participate in an event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India… It will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship.”
It will be the third recorded meeting between the two top leaders in 2019.
More than 50000 Indian-Americans will participate in the sold-out event at NRG Stadium in Houston, announced by the organizers as the largest-ever turnout for a foreign elected leader on the United States soil. The Indian-Americans are the potential voters for Donald Trump, who fight re-election in 2020.
A delegation of Governors, Mayors, Members of Congress, and other public officials, including the Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and the first American-Hindu Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, will also be present at the event. Senior Democratic Congressman Steny Hoyer is likely to join President Trump and PM Modi.
Narendra Modi will be there in the United States till September 28. He will deliver a speech on the 27th of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), ahead of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.