US President Donald Trump on Tuesday took to Twitter and targeted India over increased import duties. In his tweet, he said that the country (India) "has long had a field day" with tariffs and it was "no longer acceptable".
Responding to the development, Founder and Editor in Chief of Newsmobile.in Saurabh Shukla said that this is new India and such bullying tactics by US President Donald Trump will not work in the country. Speaking on the matter, Saurabh Shukla also said that Trump is jeopardising a great relationship which the US has been having with India with his tweet.
"This is the new India. Any bullying tactics will not work. India will only be counter-productive. I have to tell you from top sources that the meeting that happened in Japan, there was some headway meeting. Sources said that Donald Trump told PM Modi that if there is a problem pick up the phone and speak to me directly. Why is he tweeting now is very surprising, but in the process, he is actually jeopardising a great relationship that India has with the United States. My advice to Donald Trump is this is new India and this kind of tactics will not work," Saurabh Shukla said.
Furthermore, giving his expertise over Trump's tweet on India, Foreign Policy expert Dr Sreeram Chaulia said that the US President is trying to position himself as the champion of people's interest ahead of the upcoming Presidential polls in which Trump is seeking re-election. Dr Chaulia added that Trump continues to threaten developing countries, which is unacceptable.
"It is not so surprising for me because he (Trump) believes aggressively on trade and immigration. These are the two hot button issues through which he hopes to make a regain power and get re-elected. As the election cycle starts in the US next year, Trump is positioning himself as a steady and defender of American workers against foreign competitors. He wants to get recognised as a champion of US interest vis-a-vis the world. He continues to threaten the developing country. That is why PM Modi when he met him during the G20 Summit talked to him about other big issues including defence cooperation, 5G technology. Trump's my-way-or-highway demand is totally unacceptable," Dr Chaulia said.
Donald Trump's tweet has come days after PM Modi held bilateral talks with him on the sidelines of G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. During the G20 Summit, US President Trump had asked India to cut down on the 'unacceptably high tariffs' imposed on the 28 American goods.
India had imposed tariffs after the United States shut down the preferential access to India goods which affected imports from India. Even so, the Trump administration itself has been imposing tariffs on the European Union, China and even India for that matter. Ever since India answered back, Trump administration has been vocal about the stringent measures against the US taken by India when it comes to trade.
(With agency inputs)