Trump to Meet With Leaders of India and Australia

President Trump will travel to Texas next weekend to attend an event with India's prime minister and then will visit Ohio with Australia's leader, the White House said.

The events would "underscore the important partnerships" with both countries, the White House said on Sunday.

Mr. Trump will join Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a community summit called "Howdy Modi" in Houston on Sept. 22. The event's website says 50,000 attendees have registered online for the event at the NRG Stadium. The White House said the event would provide an opportunity to strengthen ties and discuss energy and trade relationships.

From there, Mr. Trump will travel to Wapakoneta, Ohio, to visit an Australian-owned manufacturing facility where he will be joined by Australia's prime minister, Scott Morrison.

The trip will come after Mr. Trump hosts Mr. Morrison in Washington for an official state visit later this week, including a state dinner, the second since Mr. Trump arrived at the White House.

Messrs. Trump and Modi met most recently at the Group of Seven meeting in France last month, where they were asked by reporters about the president's offer to help mediate the clash with Pakistan over Mr. Modi's decision to revoke Kashmir's autonomy. But Mr. Modi described the issues as "bilateral," and Mr. Trump said that the "prime minister really feels he has it under control."

Tensions over trade have escalated between India and the U.S. in recent months. India raised tariffs on some goods imported from the U.S. earlier this summer, in an apparent response to a U.S. move to remove some special trade benefits that India had enjoyed.

Mr. Trump also met with Mr. Morrison at the G-7 summit. In a statement at the time, the White House said they discussed diplomatic and security concerns and pledged to deepen their relationship.

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