In his address to the massive crowd at 'Howdy Modi!', President of the United States Donald Trump welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he has come to Houston along with PM Modi to celebrate everything that unites both the countries together. He thanked the entire Indian-American community and expressed his love for the people. In his resolve to strengthen ties between both the countries, US President, Donald Trump spoke about the first-ever NBA basketball match happening in Mumbai, next week.
The President invited himself to the basketball match in Mumbai, President Trump saying, " Next week thousands of people will gather in Mumbai to watch the first-ever NBA basketball match in Mumbai, India. Am I invited Mr. Prime Minister? I may come, be careful I may come."
#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 further discussed issues about expanding the US-Indian commercial relationship in the department of energy and security.
National Basketball Association (NBA) will be bringing two of their teams - Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings to play in Mumbai on October 4 and 5 at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI). The initial announcement was made by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco in Mumbai in December 2018. This will mark the first games the NBA has played in India and the first games staged in the country by a North American sports league. This was especially highlighted by US President Donald Trump.
The cultural program before Prime Minister Modi's address showcased more than 400 Indian-American artists from Texas and other parts of the United States together and portrayed how the community is woven together as one in America. Prime Minister Modi and President Trump also spoke on various issues on the lines of trade, commerce, energy, and terrorism.