PANAJI — Former Miss India Manasvi Mamgai, who campaigned for U.S. President Donald Trump and performed at his inaugural celebration, says he is the only president who has stuck to his word.
"Always, politicians say something else before the elections, and they do something else after their election. Trump is the only president ever... He's doing exactly what he said," Mamgai told IANS on the sidelines of the recently concluded India Beach Fashion Week, where she was a walked for label Karleo.
Mamgai, who starred in the Bollywood film "Action Jackson," is the god-daughter of Shalabh Kumar, an Indian-American Republican leader and the founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition.
During the election campaign, Trump said he wanted to fight against "radical Islamic terrorism and build a wall" to stop illegal immigrants from entering the U.S., and he's doing just that, she said.
"The stock markets have gone up 10 percent, the taxes are getting reduced, so he's doing exactly what was being said," Mamgai said.
"And now the thing is that not everybody is happy with his success, so people are coming up every day with new controversies, which half of them are true and half of them are not even true. So, I think, he's the only president in the history, who is doing what she said,” she further stated.
"I don't understand why people are upset about it," added the New Delhi native, who represented India at the Miss World 2010 pageant.
Last month, Hyderabad-based engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in a shooting in a Kansas City bar, an attack that some eyewitnesses say may have been racially motivated. Kuchibhotla died at in the hospital and his colleague, also Indian, sustained bullet injuries after a white man opened fire in the crowded suburban bar.
Asked about the racial attacks taking place in the U.S., Mamgai said: "Trump actually mentioned about the Kansas attacks in his joint address to the Congress... He's sure in his love for India. He has always proclaimed 'I love India' and 'I love Hindus.'
"He spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on number five priority in the world before any other prime minister or president."
Trump also came up with an immigration order banning citizens from seven Muslim majority countries including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen from entering the US. In an amended order, Iraq was dropped from the list.
Mamgai says it's fair for Trump to demand legal immigration.
"There is no bill that has been introduced that is against immigration. He wants legal immigration. I don't think anything in the world is wrong with it to want legal immigration. He says, 'America first.' Why should it not be America first?"
"If in my country, somebody else is given preference over me, I'll be pretty pissed off," Mamgai said.