Washington: India has found an unlikely supporter in the form of US' Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. In an interview to CNN on Monday, Trump, who has received both bouquets and brickbats for his proposal to impose a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the country, has said that India was doing great but noone was talking about it.
"India is doing great," Trump said in what are his first comments on India after entering the presidential fray. What is more notable is that Trump has spoken about India in a positive vein despite being openly critical about many countries like China, Mexico and Japan in many of his speeches.
"That was the beginning of China. That was the beginning of India, when India -- by the way, India is doing great. Nobody talks about it. And I have big jobs going up in India. But India is doing great," Trump said.
"But that was the beginning of China. That was the beginning of India. Look at everything I told you. Everything I told you is all right, whether it's Iraq, whether it's Iran, whether it's China, whether it's India, whether it's Japan," Trump said referring to his CNN interview in September 2007.
"Just look at this country. We have gone from this tremendous power that was respected all over the world to somewhat of a laughing stock," he said.
"All of a sudden, people are talking about China and India and other places, even from an economic standpoint. America has come down a long way, a long way. The United States has come down a long way, and it's very, very sad. We're not respected," he added.
(With PTI inputs)