Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. praises ‘spirit’ of poverty-stricken Indians: ‘Still a smile on a face’State Dept. says it did not coordinate with Trump Jr. on India speechThe Hill’s 12:30 ReportMORE expressed his approval for the “mild and nice” Indian media during his visit to the country.

“I am the first person in the history of India to say I love the Indian media. They are so mild and nice,” Trump Jr. said at the Global Business Summit in New Delhi, NDTV reported.

The president’s son also called the American press “aggressive and brutal” during his remarks, and as an example referred to a Washington Post story that quoted him praising India’s poor because “there is still a smile on a face.”

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“It wasn’t me coming here for first time. It was me coming here after 10 years,” Trump Jr. said, referring to India. “So everybody understood what I meant. But the Washington Post the next day said, ‘Donald Trump Jr. likes poor people because they smile.’ ”

Trump Jr. had made the initial comments during an interview with CNBC in India.

“There is something about the Indian people that is unique here to other parts of the emerging world,” he said during the interview. “You go through a town, and I don’t mean to be glib about it, but you can see the poorest of the poor, and there is still a smile on a face … It’s a different spirit that you don’t see in other parts of the world where people walk around so solemn.”

The president’s son is in the country on a trip to promote Trump properties. He and his brother Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpTrump Jr. praises ‘spirit’ of poverty-stricken Indians: ‘Still a smile on a face’State Dept. says it did not coordinate with Trump Jr. on India speechTrump Jr. to deliver foreign policy speech during business trip to India: reportMORE are overseeing the Trump Organization while their father is in office.

The Trump administration has said that Trump Jr.’s trip is totally separate from any administrative business. However, ethics experts did criticize the trip after it was revealed the president’s son would deliver a foreign policy speech in India.

Trump Jr., like his father, has often criticized the media for its coverage of his family and the Trump administration.

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