Donald Trump remains in news, always! “Love him, hate him but you can’t ignore him”, this saying is perfect for him. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went head-on for their third and last debate on Wednesday. In the debate, he said, “I just met some high representatives of India…they are growing at 8 percent.” “Our country is stagnant…we’ve lost out jobs…we’re not making anything,” Trump said. “I pass factories that were thriving 25 years ago…and because of the bill her husband signed, it’s horrible what has happened to these people,” he said. In the recent past, he has crtiticised India for taking away jobs from US and even praised the country for doing well. He has even showed interest in working with PM Narendra Modi. We take a look at five things that he has said about India:
1) Indian students shouldn’t be kicked out of US: Indians studying in American educational institutions should not be kicked out as the country needs smart people like them, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said, earlier this year, as he sought to set the record straight about his immigration policies. “Whether we like that or not, they pay, et cetera, et cetera but we educate a lot of people, very smart people. We need those people in the country,” Trump told Fox News in an interview when asked about his views on legal immigration. “They cannot come into the country. You know, they go to Harvard, they are first in their class and they’re from India they go back to India and they setup companies and they make a fortune and they employ lots of people and all of that,” he said.
2) India is taking away our jobs: Earlier this year, Donald Trump also blamed India for taking away jobs from Americans. Addressing a crowd of roughly 5,000 people, Trump sold the dream of “making America great again” by promising to bring back jobs from countries like India, China, Japan and Mexico, building the wall on US-Mexico border, “knocking the hell out ISIS”, and repealing and replacing Obama care.
3) India doing well, but not getting the attention it deserves: According to a report by WSJ, US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thinks India is doing well, but that the country isn’t getting the attention it deserves. “India is doing great. Nobody talks about it,” Trump told CNN. “We’ve gone from a tremendous power that is respected all over the world to somewhat of a laughing stock and all of a sudden, people are talking about China and India and other places,” Trump said.
4) Narendra Modi is a great man, I am a fan of Hindus: Republican Hindu Coalition organised a fundraiser for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on October 16. In his keynote address, Trump focused on the relationship with India, saying that if he gets elected, “Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House.” Before the address he spoke to NDTV and said, ” I have great respect for Hindus. I have so many friends that are Hindu and they are amazing entrepreneurs. I have jobs going up in India right now. I have great respect for India. It’s an amazing country.” “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has been very energetic in reforming India’s bureaucracy. Great man. I applaud him for doing so,” he added.
5) On H1-B visas: In a speech at Ohio earlier this month, Trump hinted his cheering supporters that, if elected, he would end the practice of granting H-1B visas to workers from outside the US. Pledging to protect jobs for Americans, Trump was quoted as saying by PTI, “Many mothers across this country are worried their kids won’t find jobs, and they are right to be worried. One of the biggest threats is outsourcing – jobs for college-educated kids are being sent to other countries.” H-1B work visas are the most sought after by the IT professionals, particularly by those from India.