Trump administration claims they're on good terms with the Indian-American community
Officials from the Trump administration have said that the president of the US has the “the right chord” with India by standing up to China and by never intervening in the Kashmir issue.
Indo-American supporters of trump claim that trump has helped elevate the stature of India on the world stage, has stood up to china in support of India and has never intervened in the Kashmir issue.
Al mason of the Trump Victory Indian-American Finance Committee said, “In a nutshell, Trump has hit the right chord with India and Indian-Americans.” The Trump campaign's strongest demographic pitch is his relationship with the Indian community and his relationship with India. This pitch comes on the eve of the DNC that will essentially nominate the first African-American and an Indian American woman as the Democratic Party’s vice presidential committee.
Senior republican leader Harmeet Kaur Dhillon said, ”The choice for Indian-Americans is clear this fall, four more years for Trump/Pence (Vice President Mike Pence), President Trump has been a great friend to India, with historic warmth and feeling between the two allies, and that will only continue in the next four years. President Trump is also a friend of religious liberty, very important to the diaspora Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims who came here from India.”
Prior to the pandemic, the unemployment rate among Indians fell by one third. Bureau of labor statistics show that the unemployment rate has dropped from 4.1% in 2015 to a record low of 2.5% percent in 2019. Mrinalini Kumari, co-chair of Indian Voices for Trump has said, ”Indian-Americans are arguably the group that have most benefited from America’s freedoms which include free markets, freedom to pursue happiness and freedom to aspire and strive for the best life possible. Also, personal freedom to practice one’s religion.”
Indian Americans attribute this achievement of the Trump administration to the president's economic policies. It is also to be noted that it was the Trump administration that passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which impacted every high income city by the cap.
Al mason added to his statement saying, “President Trump has elevated India’s stature on the world stage. Of course, credit also goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his smart policy towards the US. The India-US relationship has never been stronger, and the Indian-American community in the US largely credits both Trump and Modi for deepening the ties between the two countries.”
Energy exports between the 2 countries have significantly grown since the administration with Exxon Mobil signing a deal to improve India's CNG distribution network so that the country can accept even more US LNG exports.
An official has even said, ”Thanks to Prime Minister Modi and President Trump’s trust and good friendship, India will procure over 3 billion dollars in US military equipment, including Apache and MH-60R helicopters.”
Trump has famously said about Indian Americans, “Indian Americans are pioneering groundbreaking medicines to save countless lives. They’re developing revolutionary technology that is changing the world. In America, we have come to know the splendor of Indian culture personally, through the 4 million Indian Americans living in the United States as our wonderful friends, colleagues, and neighbors. They are truly spectacular people. Indian Americans enrich every aspect of our national life.”
Such statements and gestures towards the Indian American community not only back the president's reelection campaign but have established him as a sort of economic and social messiah of the indian people. Even internationally, Trump has rarely criticized
India or its PM, and with events like Howdy Modi, who is seen by NRIs almost universally as a great man, Trump has made it seem that him and Modi and the State of India in general are very close and it is in Trump’s best interest to support India and Indians and such is the case vice versa as well
Trump’s efforts and doings towards the Indian community may have truly proved his statement claiming that he “has more Indians” than Kamala Harris. This could potentially work against Biden’s move announcing Kamala Harris as his running mate, with many critics saying Biden only chose Harris to gain the minority vote share.
Reporter: Jovan H