Modi tops list of world leaders who might benefit if Trump becomes US president

Washington, March 15: Republican Donald Trump has become a big worry for both the internal and external establishments of the United States. Opinions are split on what Trump could and would do both at home and abroad if he goes on to win the November 8 elections to the White House.

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Diplomats and experts in international relations are feeling apprehensive about a possible Trump presidency, but US-based mazine The Atlantic has published an article saying there are also leaders around the world who can work at ease with Trump and among them, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tops the list.

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Modi, who has been ranked first among five leaders who are expected to welcome Trump in case he becomes the successor to Barack Obama, was praised by the real-estate mogul after the 2014 Lok Sabha election as one who "has done a fantastic job of bringing people together" and predicted that "money will pour into India", an article in the magazine titled 'Five World Leaders Who Might Benefit From a Trump Presidency' said.

The writer, Matt Peterson, said: "Flattery aside, modern India's pragmatic, commercial relationship with the United States favors Donald the dealmaker. Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric likely wouldn't get in the way of pushing new contracts for American arms makers, for whom India is a major market. (Modi himself is no stranger to accusations of anti-Muslim bias.) Trump's crusade against China's economic power would also favor New Delhi in its strategic rivalry with Beijing."

On the Pakistan question, too, there are hints about a cosy Modi-Trump relationship. Though New Delhi has time and again found at its dismay the age-old alliance between Washington and Islamabad flowering time and again despite the odds, Trump's describing Pakistan as the most dangerous country other than Iran will be a welcome statement for India.

The other four world leaders who might welcome a Trump presidency are, according to the magazine-Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa and, believe it or not, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

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