WASHINGTON, Nov. 22: US President Trump's assertion of America First and Indian Prime Minister Modi's call to ''Make in India'' are not mutually exclusive or contradictory, Ivanka Trumpa, advisor to the US President said on Tuesday, ahead of her maiden visit to India next week for the Global Economic Summit in Hyderabad.
"America First is not at the exclusion of rest of the world..most governments prioritize people of their country, but that is not in a vacuum," Ivanka Trump said in a conference call previewing the visit, while maintaining the Trump administration believed in strong engagement and collaboration with India to grow economies of both countries.
The US President's daughter said she is looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in Hyderabad, and is excited to attend a summit that is for the first time being co-hosted (by India and the United States) and themed (on women's entrepreneurship).
"This year's Global Entrepreneurship Summit is testament to strong partnership between India and US," the Presidential advisor said in an upbeat assessment of economic and security ties between the two countries, despite differences on issues such as movement of people, trade imbalance, and visas.
Ms Trump's aides referred questions about Hyderabad rounding up beggars from the streets surrounding the summit venue to the state government while essaying a homily about India's commitment to eradicating poverty.
In a brief review of the program, Ms Trump said she would be participating in the opening day's inauguration with Prime Minister Modi on November 28 and delivering the keynote address before taking part in two panels on November 29 on women's entrepreneurial leadership and women in workforce.
Ms Trump's trip to India and participation in the women's entrepreneurship themed GES comes amid a furor in the US over predatory sexual behavior by many prominent older American men towards young women at work place. Ms Trump left the conference call before questions on the subject surfaced, but throughout the week she has been embroiled in the debate that has become a hot button issue in America.
While Conservatives have been rejoicing over allegations implicating several liberal entertainers and public intellectuals entangled in sexual misconduct scandals, the issue has inflamed a crucial Senate election in Alabama, where a Democratic candidate used a quote by Ivanka to put his Republican rival on the mat.
"Ivanka Trump says 'there's a special place in hell for people who prey on children,' and 'I have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts,'" says a narrator in a TV advertisement released by Demcorat Doug Jones. "Conservative voices putting children and women over party - doing what's right," it continues.
Jones' Republican rival Roy Moore is accused of consorting with teenage girls when he was in his 30s. President Trump has not condemned or disowned Moore and the White House has repeatedly ducked the President's stand on the charges. TOI
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