On January 21, Trump spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican Premier Pena Nieto. On Sunday, Trump spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and yesterday he had a telephonic conversation with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. During his grueling election campaign, India is among the few countries in addition to Israel with whom Trump spoke of strengthening ties if elected to power.
At a charity event organized by the Republican Hindu Coalition for the Kashmiri Pundit terror victims and the Bangladeshi Hindu victims in Edison on October 15, Trump, as the then Republican presidential nominee, had praised India’s fast growth rate and Modi’s bureaucratic and economic reforms. Under a Trump Administration, we are going to become even better friends, in fact I would take the term better out and we would be best friend,” Trump had told a cheering crowd of Indian-Americans in Edison, New Jersey.