Trump defends Indian prime minister

President Trump defends Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but declined to speak out on a new Indian citizenship law. Trump is ending a 36-hour visit to India today.

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February 25, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, escorts U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on arrival Monday in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Photo by Press Information Bureau/Pib/Planet Pix/Zuma Press/TNS

NEW DELHI (AP) — Defending the host who has showered him with pomp and pageantry, President Donald Trump refused today to speak out publicly against a controversial new Indian citizenship law pushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that has sparked deadly protests over discrimination against Muslims.

Asked about the law one day after violence in the Indian capital left at least seven people dead, Trump told reporters: “I don’t want to discuss that. I want to leave that to India.”

The law provides fast-track naturalization for some foreign-born religious minorities but not Muslims, raising fears the country is inching nearer to a religious citizenship test.

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