He, however, asked for India to remove trade barriers.
"Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them", Trump said. Even US President had globally announced Syed Salahuddin also known as Mohammed Yusuf Shah a global terrorist, which itself marks a diplomatic victory for India. "In recent years, to ratchet up geopolitical pressure on China, the U.S. has cozied up to India", an article in the Global Times said. India's foreign ministry hailed the move.
"We're believers, giving the people. the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials and for us to hear directly from them", said Trump. Interestingly, unlike Trump, Modi will be "welcomed with pomp and ceremony", says the report. But Washington and New Delhi share concerns about China's rise as a military power that have underpinned increasingly close relations in the past decade. Moreover, unlike China, the USA has supported India's membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, other global nuclear supervisory bodies and permanent membership in the UN Security Council.
The camaraderie between Modi and Trump was on full display as the two leaders heaped praise on each other, voiced appreciation for each other's leadership and embraced a few times at the White House.
Both men are prolific users of social media, something Trump joked about with his guest.
Modi harked back to Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan to stress that his agenda for his country was little different than Trump's.
The president on Monday did not specifically mention the drones or the cargo planes, but in a delegation meeting in the White House Cabinet Room Trump, flanked by his vice president and secretary of state, expressed appreciation for India ordering American defense equipment.
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Michael Kugelman, a South Asia expert at the Wilson Center, predicted that Wednesday's summit would be a "no-frills, let's get acquainted affair" whose outcomes, from their body language to the post-meeting joint statement, will offer clues about the future of U.S. -India relations.
"As our economy grows. we can potentially create a lot of jobs for Americans in the United States", he said.
During brief Oval Office remarks, Trump praised Modi for being "such a great prime minister". Modi, who invited the president and his family to visit India, extolled Trump's leadership qualities.
During the visit, a deal with the Uttar Pradesh government is also likely to be signed to clean-up a patch of river Ganges apart from setting up of industrial research and development fund of $40 million, he said.
"The White House is very interested in making this a special visit", said one senior official.
The focus for India being the Pakistan-based terror. He assured, "Our militaries are working every day to enhance cooperation between our military forces".
Climate change could be a contentious issue, according to AP.