POTUS Trump To Speak With PM Modi Tonight

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Trump's schedule, which was released today, shows that he will be engaged in conversation over the phone with PM Modi around 1 PM Washington DC time, which is 11:30 PM in India.

After former US President Barack Obama and Modi worked to strengthen ties between the two countries, Trump's pre-election speeches that stoutly defended protectionism for Americans spoke against outsourcing industry and the H-B visa program, created a high uncertainty for millions of Indian professionals.

PM Modi was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump on his historic victory in November.

Since being sworn-in last Friday, Trump has begun engaging with world leaders and has spoken to leaders of neighboring Canada and Mexico first - with whom he plans to renegotiate the NAFTA trade deal. The White House is yet to respond to the invitation.

Apart from that, another major issue which impacts Indians living in United States, is that of Trump's stand on immigrants and the renewed efforts to impose more restrictions on issue of H-1B Visa, which is used by Indian IT companies to send their employees to work in the US.

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Bush after he took office in 2001 and then overturned by President Obama shortly after his 2009 inauguration. The rule is known as the "Mexico City policy" by its supporters and the "global gag rule" by its foes.

In his first ever address to the media after Trump's inauguration, his spokesman Sean Spicer warned China over the ongoing South China Sea dispute, reiterating US' commitment to defend it's interests in the area.

Donald Trump, as the then Republican presidential nominee, praised India's fast growing economy and Modi's economic reforms at a charity event organised by a group calling itself the Hindu Republican Coalition.

He had also described India as a key strategic ally of the US.

"Under a Trump Administration, we are going to become even better friends, in fact, I would take the term better out and we would be the best friend", Trump had told a cheering crowd of Indian-Americans in Edison, New Jersey.