U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, walk out of the Oval Office of the White House. (Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

India Wants Trade Deal With The U.S., Says Trump

India wants a trade deal with the U.S., according to President Donald Trump despite the tough stance taken by his administration on the issue.

Trump wants to stop the subsidies that growing economies like India and China have been receiving as he wants the U.S., which he considers as a developing nation, to grow faster than any other nation.

"Frankly, I'll tell you, India called us the other day. They said they would like to start doing a trade deal, first time," Trump said without mentioning who called up whom.

"They wouldn't talk about it with previous administrations. They were very happy with the way it was," Trump told his supporters on Friday at a Joint Fundraising Committee Reception, in Sioux Falls in South Dakota.

Trump also said his trade representatives headed by Bob Lighthizer are very tough, smart and very good. The United States and Japan have also started discussions over trade, he said. "Practically, every time a foreign leader comes in to see me, whether it's Abe of Japan, whether it's Modi of India, I've become friends with all of them," he said.

Trump’s comments came on the back of the maiden 2+2 dialogue between India and the U.S. last week in New Delhi.

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