President Trump and First Lady Melania announce plans to travel to India in February

On Monday, the White House announced an upcoming trip for our President and First Lady that turned a few heads.

At the end of February, President Donald Trump and Melania Trump will be leaving the White House and traveling to India to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Furthering strategic partnerships

The trip is being touted as a way to strengthen a strategic partnership abroad. India is a major rising economic power and Trump is eager to maintain a good relationship with them.

When the trip was announced, the White House stated, “During a phone call over the weekend, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi agreed the trip will further strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership and highlight the strong and enduring bonds between the American and Indian people.”

According to the current agenda, the President and First Lady will visit New Delhi and Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad is in the PM’s home state of Gujarat, so this trip will give the Indian leader considerable clout both in India and here in the United States.

This trip will be Trump’s first official visit to India.

Political benefits

There are other benefits of this trip for Trump that nobody is currently speaking about. At the top of that list is the impact this trip will have on the 2020 election.

Most people probably don’t even realize it, but immigrants from India are the second-largest immigrant group living here in the United States, only behind Mexicans.

There are roughly 2.4 million Indian immigrants currently residing in the US, — probably significantly more, as this count was taken in 2015 — a base Trump likely wants to reach before the 2020 election.

More than 50,000 people attended a rally in New York at which Trump hosted PM Modi in September, so this is a real coup for Trump.

Considering that Trump has kept official travel to a relative minimum compared to other presidents, this is a very significant trip for all parties involved.

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