The Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi, who is on a two-week tour to the United States met many top social, political and media persons and discussed bilateral issues. He also addressed some meetings hosted for him. The refrain of his speeches and talks was intolerance and unemployment dogging India. His address at a US university created a storm in India and the BJP alleged it was a national disgrace. The Congress retorted that it was the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who for the first time criticized Indian government in foreign land.
In a series of meetings with eminent Indian and South Asian experts, hosted by the Centre for American Progress, a democratic–leaning think tank, Rahul Gandhi had elaborate discussions on bilateral issues. Lisa Curtis who heads the South Asia division at National Security Council of the White House held discussions with Rahul Gandhi over a breakfast meeting. The Trump administration official sought his views on the US-India relationship and the recently announced Afghanistan and South Asia policy.
U S Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Thomas J Donohue met Rahul Gandhi at an event hosted by US India Business Council. The Indian leader said the government was not able to provide jobs to the jobless youths.
Rahul Gandhi also had an off–the-record interaction with the editorial board of the Washington Post.