At a meeting with Indian-Americans in Long Island Dec 12, to promote his book, Donald Trump Jr., the U.S. President’s oldest son, said Washington should work with allies like India to make the world a safer place.
His book, ‘Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,’ out Nov. 5 this year, is published by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group.
According to organizers, this book-signing event for Donald Trump Jr., may be a first of its kind put together by members of the Indian-American community.
The event was organized by businessman Shudh Parkash Singh, CEO of Jgroup of Companies. More than 200 invitees attended and listened to Trump Jr.’s “forceful” defense of President Trump and his policies, a press release from organizers said.
The President’s son also passed out signed copies of ‘Triggered’, a New York Times bestselling book, to the mainly Indian-American attendees.
Singh introduced Donald Trump Jr. and his partner Kimberly Guilfoyle, senior advisor to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and a former Fox News commentator, as a “charming power couple” at the event which took place on the the second floor hall of Kundan Galleria, the mall in Hicksville that Singh named after his late father.
In his 20-minute speech, Donald Trump Jr., said, Donald Trump Jr continued, “I want to see America maintain its rightful place as the leader of the free world. I want to see them be able to work with their incredible allies, like India to make the world a safer place. To use democracy as a shining beacon of light for everyone to be able to learn from.”
Singh in his introductory speech, said, “We the Indian Americans love the father and son, for fighting for us to keep us safe at the border, and for conservative family values.” The event was kicked off by Al Mason, expert on global real estate investments and education institutions, the press release said.
Guilfoyle praised the Indian American community, saying, “We are so lucky as a country to have so many talented, dedicated, patriotic Indian-Americans making up the incredible diverse fabric culturally of this country and we’re lucky that you have called it your home.” She also praised the Howdy Modi! event held in Houston where President Trump attended for about an hour, and joined hands with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to take a round of the stadium.
Donald Trump Jr., in his speech, lit into Democrats calling them socialists who would bring the country to ruin.
He cited examples from his own family’s recent history, mentioning his mother’s escape from communist Czechoslovakia, as well as his grandparents’ time in bread lines, as a cautionary tale of what socialists and communist regimes promise. He called the promises a “mirage” and contended that there is a “serious challenge” facing America because even some top Democratic presidential candidates are speaking that language.
He also claimed that his father has fought for American values, culture and beliefs. “And he’s done that for all Americans, a rising tide lifts all ships” and the results are there for all to see, the press release quoted him saying.
“To see what he’s been able to do and I imagine, in this community full of business leaders, you’ve seen those results yourself. But they’re not just benefits for you. They are benefits for everyone around — the employees that you hire, the businesses who are your suppliers, the beneficiaries. Everyone’s winning because of this. And that’s why I’ve been such an advocate for this (Donald Trump’s vision) because I want to see that winning continue,” Donald Trump Jr. said.
He joked about election 2020, saying, “It’ll be entertaining because my father will keep it so, I promise you that. It will be like Bollywood with a lot less dancing.”
Talking about his India ties, Trump Jr said he was the first in the Trump Organization to say that the company has to go to India and “start doing some deals there” in the real estate sector. He then talked about the projects he pursued in Mumbai and other cities from 2012 till 2017 when politics put a pause on them.
In his speech, Singh welcomed some officials from the White House, the press release said, as well as elected officials and Republican Party members like Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Nassau County Republican Party Chairman Joseph G. Cairo.
Some of the Indian-Americans present included Naveen Shah, Kanak Golia, Kamal Arora, Jaswinder Singh, Manoj Narang, Gurdev DP Singh and Desh Deepak. A plaque was presented by them to Donald Trump Jr., and the President’s son offered photo opportunities to groups and individuals. The couple stayed late to make sure everyone who wanted got their copy of the book signed, the press release said.
The couple was gifted a scarf and shawl by Singh’s wife Surjit Kaur, and Manju Mason, accompanied by other women present.