Donald Trump Jr. expressed his admiration for the Indian media as “mild and nice” compared to the “aggressive and brutal” American press, NDTV reported.
“I am the first person in the history of India to say I love the Indian media,” Trump said at the Global Business Summit in New Delhi. “They are so mild and nice.”
As an example of what he considered the contrast in the American media, Trump Jr. said his remarks that Indians have smiling faces despite hardships they endure were twisted to sound negative.
“It wasn’t me coming here [India] for first time. It was me coming here after 10 years,” he said. “So everybody understood what I meant. But the Washington Post the next day said, ‘Donald Trump Jr. likes poor people because they smile.'”
Trump Jr. had initially made the comments in an interview with CNBC, saying, “There is something about the Indian people that is unique here to other parts of the emerging world. You go through a town, and I don’t mean to be glib about it, but you can see the poorest of the poor, and there is still a smile on a face… It’s a different spirit that you don’t see in other parts of the world where people walk around so solemn.”
The president’s son is in India on a trip to promote Trump properties.
Speaking about the changing business atmosphere in the country as compared to a decade ago, Trump Jr. said he sees a higher amount of energy and is now willing to invest 10 times more in India.