Is Trump’s proposed India visit an attempt to deflect from the constant coverage of his impending impeachment trial?
No matter what you think of Donald Trump — almost everybody in the world has an opinion about the one-time real estate mogul and reality television star who is now the 45th President of the US — one cannot deny the fact that the man has a nose for news. Rather he ensures that he stays in the headlines. After becoming the third President to be impeached by the US Congress, his impending trial in the Senate, the Upper House of the US legislature, is scheduled to begin shortly. The controversial targetting of Iranian General Qasim Solemani set in motion a series of events that led to the Iranians accidentally downing a Ukrainian civilian airliner, killing 176 people. At the same time, the race to choose who will stand against Trump in the 2020 US presidential election from the Democratic Party is getting hotter with the first few US States going to the polls in February and March. It may not be a bad time for Trump to spend a few days outside, particularly in a country whose leader is very close to him. Indeed, Trump was more impressed than most leaders when he attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally, Howdy Modi, in his country.
It is highly unlikely, although not impossible, that Trump’s impeachment will be passed by the US Senate given that the Republican Party has a majority in the Upper House. Trump’s visit to a major US collegiate event earlier this week also displayed how he remains popular among his base, no matter what the media might say. He remains the favourite in the presidential election, particularly with the US being one of the few large economies in the world that is continuing to do very well. His visit to India in late February will also shore up Modi’s image, which has taken a battering after widespread anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests. Of course, there is the old adage that birds of a feather flock together with regard to Trump and Modi. But there’s no doubt that India-US ties have been on the mend over the past decade with the Modi Government only strengthening it. If Trump visits with Melania, he could always go to the Taj Mahal for a photoshoot on the “famous” chair, something that his predecessor could not manage. But Trump should realise one thing: This is one country where his favourite fast food, a McDonald’s Cheeseburger, is not available. One wonders if he will still visit India after discovering this fact.
(Courtesy: The Pioneer)