Trump and Modi will be ‘best friends’, says adviser to US president-elect

The US president-elect will be “best friends” with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said adviser to Donald Trump and President of the Republican Hindu Coalition, Shalabh Kumar on Thursday.

While answering a question regarding Trump’s expected policy towards Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kumar said, “They will be best friends ─ not only the two nations will be best friends, but these two gentlemen will be best friends. Donald Trump knows about Modi through me. He is very keen to learn about Modi.”

“He [Trump] calls out the camel in the room when nobody else does. He already talks about cross-border terrorism ─ he is the first president to do so, essentially acknowledging that Pakistan is a perpetrator of terrorism,” said Kumar while commenting on Trump’s policy on South Asian security in the context of India’s rivalry with Pakistan.

“What I expect from him is a full expression of support for the surgical strikes that Modi ordered. The war against radical Islam is going to be properly prosecuted. He is going to find great partnership with India in that,” Kumar added.

Shalabh Kumar, an Indian émigré businessman, is Trump’s point person for outreach to Indian-American voters.

The Chicago-based Kumar emigrated from India in 1969 and founded the Republican Hindu Coalition, a political interest group, last year.