In India, Trump Hopes for Crowds of Millions, Sales Worth Billions

By Steve Herman| VOA News |

Children from an art school make paintings of U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of his India visit, in Mumbai, India, Feb. 21, 2020. (VOA News)

WHITE HOUSE – U.S. President Donald Trump departs for India Sunday on a 36-hour trip, having acknowledged he will not be returning home with an anticipated big trade deal.

“I’m really saving the big deal for later on,” Trump told reporters Tuesday. “I don’t know if it’ll be done before the election, but we’ll have a very big deal with India.”

There is mutual agreement on dozens of elements for the pact, but several contentious sectors are unresolved, including medical devices, according to sources close to the talks.

“Whether or not there will be an announcement on a trade package is, really, wholly dependent upon what the Indians are prepared to do,” a senior administration official told reporters Friday. “That said, we have a number of significant commercial deals, which are of great significance that we’re very pleased to announce in a number of key sectors.”

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