U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a joint statement in the White House. (Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Trump Sees Diwali As A Special Opportunity To Reflect On India-U.S. Ties

Greeting people on the occasion of Diwali, U.S. President Donald Trump said the festival of lights is a special opportunity to reflect on the bond of friendship between India and America.

Trump said First Lady Melania joins him in sending their best wishes for a very happy and memorable Diwali. He recognised the "extraordinary" contributions of Indian-Americans in the development of the U.S.

We recognise the extraordinary contributions of Indian-Americans to the strength and success of our nation. Their achievements in business and industry, public service, education, scientific research, and other fields continue to represent the very best of our American virtues and the spirit of the Diwali season.
U.S President Donald Trump

Asserting that the festival is a joyous and spiritual time marked by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, lighting lamps on the occasion symbolises the true meaning of Diwali, which is triumph of light over darkness and good over evil, Trump said in a special Diwali message issued on Wednesday.

Republican National Committee Chairperson Ronna McDaniel also greeted people celebrating the festival. "We wish you and your family and friends a meaningful celebration of the victory of light over darkness,” she said. “We at the RNC will continue to honour the traditions of diverse communities that enrich and strengthen our country."

Top American lawmakers echoed Trump’s festive greetings with Senator Mark Warner, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus, tweeting his wishes.

Indian American lawmaker Raja Krishnamoorthi, too, tweeted his Diwali wishes.

Congressman John Sarbanes said the festival of lights serves as an important reminder for all that love and light will always prevail over hate and darkness, and that knowledge and reason will invariably overcome intolerance and ignorance.

Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said Diwali is a "beautiful reminder that light prevails over darkness and that goodness will guide us toward a better future”.

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