Donald Trump not an established politician, will see how things pan out: VK Singh

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Thursday said he does not know how relations between India and the United States will pan out under the administration of Donald Trump as the President-elect is not an "established politician".

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 10, 2016, 20:11 PM IST

Bengaluru: Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Thursday said he does not know how relations between India and the United States will pan out under the administration of Donald Trump as the President-elect is not an "established politician".

"I don't know. Let us see. He (Trump) is not an established politician. We will see how things pan out," he told PTI after calling on Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the state secretariat here.

Singh was responding when he was asked how relations between India and US would pan out under Trump's administration.

The billionaire businessman defeated seasoned politician Hillary Clinton in the knife-edge polls, defying the odds to become the 45th US President after starting off as a rank political outsider.

Asked how India must see Trump's victory, Singh said, "I have no comment on that."

Asked whether Indian diplomats are being called back after the surgical strikes across the LoC, Singh told reporters that the government would see what is to be done depending on how things pan out.

"Diplomacy is the procedure, and depending on how things pan out we will see what is to be done," he said.

Amid the raging Indo-Pak tensions, in a tit-for-tat action, it was reported that India was mulling withdrawal of eight of its diplomats as their security has been "completely compromised."

Pakistan, earlier, had pulled out six of its officials in the wake of a spy scandal involving staffers of its High Commission in New Delhi.

Asked about the problems faced by people due to the BJP-led NDA government's decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination notes, Singh said in a lighter vein "You and me also (are suffering)."

Replying to a query, Singh said he met Siddaramaiah to discuss about Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to be held in Bengaluru in February.

"I met the Chief Minister with regard to Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to be held here. This is an event of India, and that is why both the state and the Centre are coming together," he said.