Trump urges India to ease trade barriers for U.S. exports
"I deeply appreciate your strong commitment to the enhancement of our bilateral relations," Modi told Trump.
"I am sure that under your leadership a mutually beneficial strategic partnership will gain new strength, new positivity, and will reach new heights."
Trump was warm but made clear he sees a need for more balance in the U.S.-India trade relationship in keeping with his campaign promise to expand American exports and create more jobs at home. Last year the U.S. trade deficit with India neared $31 billion.
Trump said he would like a trading relationship that is "fair and reciprocal."
"It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods into your markets and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country," he said.
Modi came to Washington looking to revitalize a relationship that thrived under former President Barack Obama but has appeared to flag as Trump courted India's rival China in an effort to persuade Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea. ■