Donald Trump unable to attend India’s Republic Day Celebrations
US President, Donald Trump, would be unable to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations. White House has cited scheduling constraints. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, invited Trump for a bilateral visit to India last year.
White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, confirmed that Trump has received the invitation, but no decision was taken at that time. Trump would be addressing both Houses of the US Congress at the annual State of the Union SOTU.
It is scheduled around the time when India would be celebrating its Republic Day. Every year, SOTU takes place in the last week of January or first week of February.
“The President enjoys a strong personal rapport with Prime Minister Modi developed through two meetings and several phone calls and remains committed to deepening the US-India strategic partnership. The President very much looks forward to meeting Prime Minister Modi again at the earliest opportunity.” the White House spokesperson said.
India invites world leaders to attend its Republic Day celebrations, every year. In 2015, Barak Obama attended the parade as the Chief Guest. Last year, leaders from 10 ASEAN attended the celebrations as the Chief Guest.