The Trump-Modi bromance: What sparked it and what do each of them stand to gain?

WASHINGTON – When President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time in June 2017 at the White House, the two men famously embraced in a bear hug, sparking chemistry that would extend beyond relations between the U.S. and India.

Trump spoke of shared values among the world’s two largest democracies, but it was hardly the only thing they had in common. Both are known for brash styles, contempt for the news media and a predilection for 280-character missives to huge followings on Twitter.

The two leaders shared the stage Sunday at “Howdy, Modi” a rally in Houston before tens of thousands of Indian-Americans. The event, which comes ahead of Modi’s trip to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, marked the prime minister’s largest crowd since his rock concert-like rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2014.

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