At a dinner hosted by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of many things including the upheaval around the election of U.S. President Donald Trump and his policies.
Modi pointed out that former U.S. president Bill Clinton had made similar remarks about immigration as Trump but the latter was facing the wrath of the public and media, The Times of India reported today. "It seems Clinton made similar comments. Par pathar in ke par pad rate hain (But the stones are falling on him)," he said at the dinner.
The prime minister, who hails from Gujarat, where he thrice served as chief minister, also said that both he and Trump had cast themselves as outsiders to Delhi and Washington respectively. "I had declared that I am not a Dilliwala," he said. "So how did this happen?"
Modi was the fifth leader that Trump phoned after assuming office. The prime minister reportedly that they had a fairly detailed conversation last week, TOI reported. Modi also said that he looked forward to meeting Trump in 2017, but the plan was not yet fixed.
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