Modi, Trump would be a natural fit: Gingrich

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Updated: Jul 20, 2016 00:58 IST
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arrives at the Quicken Loans Arena before the evening session of the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo)

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday said Republican Party nominee Donald Trump, as an entrepreneur, is a “natural partner” for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Gingrich, likely to land a senior position in a Trump administration, referred to Modi’s stint in Gujarat to make that point — “creating jobs and developing free enterprises”.

He was addressing a news briefing hosted by the Republican Hindu Committee along with its founder Shalli Kumar, a Chicago businessman. The former speaker supports the organisation.

Later, acknowledging Modi and Trump were two different people – one was a career politician and the other a career businessman – Gingrich doubled down on them being “natural partners”.

Modi was a career politician who was the most successful advocate of free enterprise in India, he said pointing to his stint in Gujarat and efforts in Delhi, where he is cutting red tape and bureaucracy.

About Trump being a businessman, Gingrich, who was nearly picked as the real-estate magnate’s running mate, said a lot of what businessmen and politicians do is quite similar, such as deal-making and negotiations. And Trump, he added, was very good at that.

Gingrich’s second and final point was that both of them were extremely self-confident people.

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