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Trump leaves New Delhi as Modi’s biggest advocate, but US still presses ‘true friend’ India on trade

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Trump and First Lady Melania left India for the US on Tuesday, after a jam-packed itinerary of photo opportunities, meetings with government leaders and business titans, and of course, a thunderous campaign-style rally in front of more than 100,000 adoring spectators.

But with the lights turned off and the cleanup underway, Trump is now looking for India to do its bit to satiate the obsession he is known-for around the world – trade.

President George W Bush was fixated on winning the “war on terror,” Barack Obama on defeating “climate change,” but it’s trade that keeps Trump up at night. The president won’t, for example, be drawn into Hong Kong’s ‘pro-democracy’ protests as long as he can muscle out trade concessions from China. India shouldn’t expect anything different.

Trump didn’t make any definitive statements on trade during his visit, though. The state trip was all about spectacle, and a reception unlike “anyone had received anywhere in the world at any time of history,” as Trump mentioned more than once in his interaction with the press on Tuesday evening.

The press corps looked for that one quote which........

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