Former US President Donald Trump said in an exclusive interview that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “doing an amazing job” and that India has “never had a better friend than me”, while giving the broadest hint that he may be a candidate again in 2024.
When asked if he had a better relationship with India than President Joe Biden or Barack Obama, Donald Trump told NDTV: “I think my relationship… you’ll have to ask Prime Minister Modi, but I don’t think you have yet. never had a better relationship than you had with President Trump.”
Asked if he would run for president again, he said: “Everyone wants me to run for office, I’m at the top of the polls… I’ll make a decision in the very near future, I suspect.”
Trump spoke of the tremendous support he had from the Indian community and his relationship with Prime Minister Modi, with whom he addressed major events in Houston and India during his presidency.
“I’ve had a great relationship with India and with Prime Minister Modi. We were friends. And I think he’s a great guy and does a great job. It’s not an easy job he has. So but we’ve known each other for a long time “Good man,” he said.
On the possibility of a Trump 2.0 and his priorities when it comes to America and India, the former president said: “For America, energy independence. For India, India is doing fine with your wonderful Prime Minister Modi, my friend. For America, I can only speaking for America, we’ll be energy independent, we’ll have a great economy, another bustling economy, which we don’t have right now. Okay, we’re setting every record on jobs. We’ve never had an economy like the economy that I had. But we’re going to bring back energy independence and we’re going to do things that we haven’t been able to do in the last two years.”
He described his ties to India as one of the relationships he formed during his tenure.
“I don’t think India has ever had a better friend than me. That’s one of the relationships I’ve formed. India has never had a better friend as president than me.”
President Trump and Prime Minister Modi shared the stage at a massive “Howdy, Modi” rally in Houston, attended by thousands of Indian Americans. Prime Minister Modi famously said “Abki baar, Trump Sarkaar” during that event.
Trump later visited Prime Minister Modi’s home state of Gujarat, where the two inaugurated a cricket stadium and addressed a mega gathering together.