US President Donald Trump embarked upon his first visit to India amidst cheering welcome by people of Gujarat who lined up the 22 km route from where his convoy passed and over one million people gathered in Motera stadium. Trump who called Modi his great friend visited Sabarmati Ashram also.
Trump is accompanied by his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared besides 12 member delegation.
Trump and first lady Melania were received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ahmedabad airport with his signature hug. The two leaders then went to Sabarmati Ashram where they paid respects to Mahatma Gandhi. Trump tried his hand at spinning charkha and spent about 15 minutes in the ashram.
In the Ashram visitor book Trump wrote “To my great friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi- Thank you for this wonderful visit”.( No mention of Gandhiji). From there the two leaders went to Motera stadium cheering the crowd which gathered on 22km route.
At Motera stadium Trump was greeted by a cheerful crowd. He said” America loves India, respects India and be loyal friend of India”. Praising Modi he said that he was architect of modern India and the life of Prime Minister Modi underscores the limitless promise of this great nation.
He talked about Bollywood and cricket. This is the country that produces nearly 2,000 movies a year from the hub of genius and creativity known as Bollywood! All over the planet, people take great joy in scenes of Bhangra music, dance, romance and drama, and classic Indian films like DDLJ and Sholay.
This is the country where your people cheer on some of the world’s greatest cricket players — from Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli. The greatest in the world.
This is the country that built the tallest statue on the face of the Earth to honor the namesake of this stadium, the great Indian patriot and native of this state, Sardar Patel.
Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed US Prez and said that India and US will work together for development. He said there is so much that we share, Shared Values and Ideals, Shared Spirit of Enterprise and Innovation, Shared Opportunities and Challenges, Shared Hopes and Aspirations.
From Ahmedabad the US prez went to Agra to see Taj mahal and then left for Delhi.
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