The bonhomie between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is no secret to the world. Trump's recent comments show that Modi and Trump were in touch with each other when tensions with China escalated along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
Friendly relationship with Modi
Prime Minister Modi is one of the few world leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, with whom President Trump enjoys a close friendly relationship.
Reflecting upon his love and affection for India and the good rapport with PM Modi, Trump has said that he likes Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed him a "great gentleman".
They talk with one another frequently, and their conversations normally do not appear in the public domain.
"I like Modi. I like your prime minister a lot. He is a great gentleman. (He is doing a) great job," Trump told PTI's Lalit K Jha while meeting White House reporters in the Oval Office.
For the second time in less than a fortnight, he confirmed of having spoken to Modi.
Neither the White House nor the Prime Minister's Office has issued readouts of the two telephonic conversations, but from Trump's public remarks, it appears that he and Modi talk to each other regularly.