Foreign Pool 2 India

From: Lalit K. Jha [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 7:19 PM
Subject: Foreign Pool 2 India

Foreign Pool Number 2

The pool was taken to the Blue Room at about 6.20 p.m. There were 13 chairs on each side of the table. POTUS and PM Modi entered the room about 10 minutes later.

POTUS spoke first:  ‘It is such an honor to have you in the White House and Washington. We had tremendous meetings today, tremendous success”

POTUS said India US relationship had never been better than it is today. “Thank you very much for being here,” he said.

PM Modi spoke in Hindi. Expressing his gratitude for the reception he said he has felt so much at home during this stay in the United states. “I am very grateful to the First Lady, she has organized the reception in my honor. This honor is not just for but for the 1.25 billion people of India,” PM Modi said.

Then Trump said that Prime Minister was going to come here at a different time (read earlier). But this was delayed due to a Assembly elections in an Indian State (Uttar Pradesh).

“It’s the seventh largest country in the world,” POTUS said. “It’s great to have you here,” he said.

Modi responded by saying that his party won in those elections. “After many years, we got three-fourth majority in the State Assembly,” PM Modi said.

Trump: “You won by a lot.”

Have asked for the full guest list at the Dinner.  Prominent among them were FLOTUS, Jarred Kushner, Def Sec James Mattis, Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross; Energy Secretary Rick Perry, NSA McMaster.

On the Indian side spotted were the Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar, NSA Ajit Doval, Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Sarna.

Have asked for a full guest list and the menu.

Will pass it along when I receive it

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With warm rgds,
Lalit K Jha, @lalitkjha
Chief US Correspondent, Press Trust of India  @PTI_News
Cell: xxx-xxx-xxxx; Office: xxx-xxx-xxxx; Pentagon: xxx-xxx-xxxx; State Dept: xxx-xxx-xxxx

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