Trump talks business on second day of India visit

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11:39 a.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Our live coverage has ended. Read more about President Donald Trump's state visit to India, which concluded without any major agreements, here.

11:12 a.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Trump delayed India trip until after Modi's re-election, says he'll be back

US President Donald Trump and the first lady stand with India's President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind during a state banquet at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump and the first lady stand with India's President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind during a state banquet at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Tuesday. Credit: Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images

At a toast to start his official state banquet, President Donald Trump says he phoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi before his re-election last year to say he couldn't visit until after the vote.

This was a trip we were very much looking forward to. I called up the Prime Minister and said 'do you mind if I wait until after the election?' And he was not happy. He did not like that because they had already put the signs up," Trump said. "We don’t want to taking sides."

Trump said his two days in India were "the most beautiful I’ve had in my lifetime," adding that he would return.

Earlier, Trump and the first lady walked through an ornate ballroom with India's president. At one point, one of the guests came up to Trump and took a selfie.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan, official residence of the President of India.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan, official residence of the President of India. Credit: Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images

9:42 a.m. ET, February 25, 2020

India visit a "tremendous learning experience," Trump says

 Trump arrives for a press conference in New Delhi.
 Trump arrives for a press conference in New Delhi. Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP

President Donald Trump called his India state visit a "tremendous learning experience" during a courtesy call with the country's president.

He said he'd accomplished a lot of "productive work" during his trip and "seen a good deal of your country."

The US-India relationship has "never been better," Trump said.

9:13 a.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Trump criticizes Schumer over coronavirus

As he prepares for a state banquet in New Delhi, President Donald Trump is lashing out against Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer for criticizing his coronavirus response.

Cryin’ Chuck Schumer is complaining, for publicity purposes only, that I should be asking for more money than $2.5 Billion to prepare for Coronavirus," Trump wrote on Twitter. "If I asked for more he would say it is too much. He didn’t like my early travel closings. I was right. He is incompetent!"
9:58 a.m. ET, February 25, 2020

India state visit without major agreements

President Donald Trump concluded a showy state visit to India on Tuesday with plenty of impressive photos but without major announcements on trade or security.

Trump departed having cemented his close friendship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, upon whom he lavished praise during public appearances over the course of his 36-hour visit.

But Trump was frank that Modi puts up a tough trade fight and that their disagreements on tariffs and deficits wouldn't be resolved in the near-term.

And he made no reference when standing alongside Modi of the contentious situation gripping India over the status of Muslims in the Hindu-majority society. Hours before Trump arrived in the Indian capital, violent clashes between supporters and opponents of Modi's Hindu nationalist stance left more than seven people dead.

Read more about Trump's state visit here:

9:58 a.m. ET, February 25, 2020

"I want no help from any country" in election, Trump says

President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Tuesday, February 25.
President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Tuesday, February 25. Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump said he wants “no help from any country” in the 2020 election and claimed that he hasn’t been given any.

Asked by CNN's Jim Acosta whether he would pledge not to accept foreign assistance in his upcoming election, Trump said: “I want no help from any country and I haven’t been given any help from any country."

9:59 a.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Coronavirus "very well under control" in the US, Trump says

President Donald Trump speaks after a delegation level meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, February 25.
President Donald Trump speaks after a delegation level meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, February 25. Manish Swarup/AP

President Donald Trump said the novel coronavirus was “very well under control" in the US and that most people infected with the virus are “getting better.”

Speaking in New Delhi, Trump expressed optimism that the “whole situation will start working out.”

Trump said his administration was putting “a lot of talent, brain power” behind combatting coronavirus.

The US has 53 confirmed cases of the virus; 39 of those have been patients repatriated to the country.

Trump said he’d discussed the situation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in their talks, and that India doesn’t have much of a problem with the virus.

7:38 a.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Trump won't say whether he believes intelligence about Russian meddling

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, February 25, in New Delhi.
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, February 25, in New Delhi. Alex Brandon/AP

President Donald Trump declined to say Tuesday whether he believes US intelligence assessments that Russia is attempting to meddle in the 2020 presidential election.

Asked directly whether he believes that intelligence, and what his message to Russian President Vladimir Putin might be, Trump instead turned to reports about Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Trump said he was never briefed on intelligence showing Russian preference for Sanders.

They never told me anything about that," Trump said, "it was sort of a strange thing that they went to Bernie."

And he claimed, without evidence, that leaks about intelligence related to Russia were coming from House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.

"If they don’t stop it, I can’t imagine that people won’t go after them," Trump said.

9:58 a.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Trump says Weinstein was "loved" by democrats

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, February 25, in New Delhi.
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, February 25, in New Delhi. Alex Brandon/AP

Asked about the verdict in the Harvey Weinstein case in New York, President Donald Trump told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday he was “never a fan” and claimed that Weinstein was “loved” by democrats.

I was never a fan of Harvey Weinstein. He said he was going to work hard to defeat me. How did that work out by the way?” Trump asked the audience.

“I was just not a fan of his. I knew him a little. The people who liked him were the democrats. Michelle Obama loved him. Hillary loved him,” he said 

When pressed about the outcome of the case and what it means for women and victims of sexual assault, Trump said it was a “great victory."