New Delhi: President Donald Trump will be accompanied by at least three members of his cabinet and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner on the India visit next week, media reported.
The three secretaries will be Steve Mnuchin of treasury, Wilbur Ross of commerce and Secretary Dan Brouillette of energy, according to people familiar with the planning of the visit, who also pointed out that these lists could change with additions and eliminations, reports Hindustan Times.
There was no word if Robert Lighthizer, the trade representative and top negotiator, will join the delegation.
The delegation will also include officials from the president’s National Security Council. The state department will be represented by the US ambassador to India Ken Juster, as all other officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are staying back in Washington DC for a conference of heads of US missions from all over the world, according to people familiar these developments.
Secretary of defense Mark Esper will also not be on the president’s delegation because he is scheduled to make a separate, and his first, visit to India later, perhaps in March.
The president, who will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, will begin his two-day India tour in Ahmedabad with a visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and a public rally at a stadium that the president has spoke about enthusiastically, specially the “millions” of people he is expecting to see.
This will probably be Kushner’s second trip to India after Trump’s election.
It could not be ascertained if the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump will also be on the delegation. She has been to India before, in her capacity as an adviser to her father, and has been seen taking active interest in the bilateral relationship. She led the US delegation to the global Entrepreneurship Summit to Hyderabad in 2017, and also cut a video summary of President Trump’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Osaka G 20 in July, 2018.