While the Barack Obama administration has warmed up to India and taken steps to strengthen its relations deeper, the ¬†Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump spoke about India for the first time after entering the presidential race. Trump reportedly said that the country is doing great but no one is talking about it.¬†‚ÄúIndia is doing great,‚ÄĚ Trump told the CNN in an interview .
After hitting the presidential campaign trail, this is for the first time that Trump has let out his thoughts about India, even as he has been openly critical of many countries like China, Mexico and Japan in many of his speeches.
‚ÄúThat was the beginning of China. That was the beginning of India, when India — by the way, India is doing great. Nobody talks about it. And I have big jobs going up in India. But India is doing great,‚ÄĚ Trump said.
‚ÄúBut that was the beginning of China. That was the beginning of India. Look at everything I told you. Everything I told you is all right, whether it‚Äôs Iraq, whether it‚Äôs Iran, whether it‚Äôs China, whether it‚Äôs India, whether it‚Äôs Japan,‚ÄĚ Trump said referring to his CNN interview in September 2007.¬†‚ÄúJust look at this country. We have gone from this tremendous power that was respected all over the world to somewhat of a laughing stock,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúAll of a sudden, people are talking about China and India and other places, even from an economic standpoint. America has come down a long way, a long way. The United States has come down a long way, and it‚Äôs very, very sad. We‚Äôre not respected,” he added.