US President Trump celebrated second consecutive Diwali with top Indian Americans officials in the White House.
Indian trade negotiators received a pat on their backs from US President Donald Trump Tuesday who complimented them as ‘the best’. Trump also said that trade talks between the two countries were moving forward. Trump was lighting the ceremonial lamp to mark Diwali celebrations inside the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House. “We’re trying very hard to make better trade deals with India. But, they’re very good traders. They’re very good negotiators. You would say right. The best. So we’re working. And it’s moving along,” he commented talking about the India-US trade deal negotiations.
“I’m honoured to host this beautiful ceremony at the White House. Very, very special people. We’re gathered today to celebrate a very special holiday observed by Buddhist, Sikhs and Jains throughout the United States and around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have gathered with family and friends to light the Diya and to mark the beginning of a New year: very special new year,” media reports quoted Trump.
Reports said that this is the second consecutive Diwali that the US President celebrated with nearly two dozen top Indian Americans officials of his administration in the White House.
Trump invited the Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, his wife Dr Avina Sarna, as well as his special assistant Pratik Mathur to the White House Diwali celebrations.
Trump said that the Indian-American community was a plus-plus” for both India and for the United States.
Notably, during the presidential campaign, Trump had appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the economic and bureaucratic reforms in India. Last June, he had also hosted Narendra Modi at the White House.
Diwali celebrations at the White House have become an annual tradition since 2003. In tune with this, in 2009, the then Us President Barack Obama had lighted the diya in the East Room of the White House. In 2013, first lady Michelle Obama had also celebrated Diwali in the White House.