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Key highlights of 'Howdy, Modi!' - Modi's pro-growth policies lifted 300 million out of poverty: Trump 

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WION Web Team New Delhi Sep 22, 2019, 06.54 PM (IST)

US President Donald Trump on Sunday said that ties between India and the US has never been better and added, Modi's pro-growth policies have lifted nearly 300 million out of poverty.

Addressing the Indian diaspora at the 'Howdy, Modi!' event in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump said India and the US were committed to protecting innocent civilians from radical Islamic terrorism.

''India has never invested in the United States like it is doing today, and I want to say it is reciprocal because we are doing the same thing in India,'' Trump said and added that the US was looking forward to having close space cooperation with India.

Trump said that very soon India will have to access to another world-class American product-NBA basketball, Trump said and added, next week thousands in Mumbai will watch the first-ever NBA game in India.

Trump also congratulated PM Modi on his landslide election victory in the recently concluded general elections. 

Trump also thanked the Indian Americans in the United States.

Earlier Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he met Trump a few times, and every time he has been the same warm, friendly, energetic and accessible. I admire him also for his sense of leadership and passion for America.

''We in India connected well with President Trump and with the words of candidate Trump, 'Ab ki baar Trump sarkar', rang loud and clear,'' Modi said.  

''Millions around the world in different time zones, are with us today, they are witnessing history in the making. Mr President, you had introduced me to your family in 2017 and today I have the honour to introduce you to my family,'' Modi said. 

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It will not be the first time Modi, has addressed a large crowd in the United States, which is home to about 4 million Indian-Americans including about 300,000 in Houston and nearby Dallas, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of US Census data.