US President Donald Trump at the 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston on Sunday. (Reuters)
In a big announcement at the mega Howdy Modi event in Houston, US President Donald Trump on Sunday said Mumbai will host India’s first NBA match next week and he is likely to come to India.
“Very soon, India will have to access to another world-class American product-NBA basketball. Wow, sounds good. Next week thousands in Mumbai will watch the first ever NBA game in India..am I invited Mr Prime Minister? I may come, be careful I may come,” said Trump.
#WATCH US Pres Donald Trump: Very soon India will have to access to another world class American product-NBA basketball. Wow, sounds good. Next week thousands in Mumbai will watch the first ever NBA game in India..am I invited Mr. Prime Minister? I may come, be careful I may come pic.twitter.com/QmcyeXurLg— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2019
Trump also greeted 'Happy Birthday' to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who turned 69 last week. Addressing a gathering of 50,000 Indian-Americans at the 'Howdy, Modi' event, Trump greeted him 'happy birthday' and said the prime minister marked "another milestone" this week. Modi turned 69 on September 17.
He praised Modi for doing "exceptional job" in India and said Indians voted "overwhelmingly" for him. Trump said if he is elected, India will have a "true friend" in the White house. He said "India can never have a better friend" then Trump.
Earlier, Trump said that he and his "friend" Modi will have a "good time" at the mega event. "Look forward to being with our great India loving community!" he tweeted.
It is for the first time that Trump and Modi shared a stage together and addressed a record crowd of 50,000 Indian-Americans.