Donald and Melania Trump were generously received on Tuesday at the presidential palace of Rashtrapati Bhavan and then paid homage to the famous Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, who laid a wreath at the site of his cremation.
The morning of their second day in India was filled with splendor that would certainly appeal to the president of ceremonial love.
It started in the terra cotta presidential palace, a massive structure surrounded by gardens, where Indian officials roll out the red carpet and place flower pots around the area to greet the first couple.
Red-uniformed guards on horseback led the presidential limoscene to the compound while guns thundered to announce the arrival of President Trump. The guards wore bayonets and wore long red coats and blue and gold turbans. They trotted their horses in step around The Beast, as the armored car is known.
Melania Trump was wearing a white dress with flowers and a red belt for the occasion. She stood next to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while President Trump judged the troops.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind welcomed the trumps in the palace.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind at the ceremonial welcome
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump lay a wreath to pay tribute to Raj Ghat, the monument to Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the welcome ceremony
President Donald Trump during the ceremonial reception in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in India
President Donald Trump inspects honor guards during the ceremonial reception on the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in India
President Trump turns around after watching a long line of Indian troops in baby blue, white and green
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he arrives to welcome President Trump
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump arrive in Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace
Guards on horses accompanied the car from the Trumps to the palace
About 50 seats were set up under a red and gold canopy for dignitaries to hold the ceremony. Those viewers were Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, White House Advisor Stephen Miller, Trade Secretary Wilbur Ross, American Ambassador to India Ambassador Kenneth Juster, and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.
A long procession of military marchers, grouped by uniform color – first baby blue, then white, then olive green – came in with a band playing behind them and then focused on the presidential palace.
Trump stood with his hand over his heart while “The Star Spangled Banner” was playing, followed by the Indian national anthem.
President Kovind introduced the president and first lady to the official Indian delegation. Trump then introduced Kovind to the US delegation.
The first pair then went to the Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
For the occasion, they took off their shoes and walked in sock legs to the black marble platform that marks the site of Gandhi’s cremation that took place the day after his murder.
An eternal flame burns at one end of the platform, which is covered with flowers.
The Trumps placed a large white flower wreath on the monument and then threw red petals on it.
They signed a guestbook and received a bust from Gandhi.
The Trumps also plant a tree and visit staff at the American embassy later in the day before attending a state dinner on Tuesday evening.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay tribute to Raj Ghat, the monument to the Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi
President Donald Trump and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind shake hands
Ivanka Trump speaks with an Indian officer while waiting for a ceremonial welcome for President Trump
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind greet each other during the arrival ceremony
The Trumps are on the second and last day of their two-day state visit to India after a busy first day that consisted of a rally with Modi, a visit to Gandhi’s house and a visit to one of the most famous monuments in the world.
The first couple stopped at the Taj Mahal on Monday evening and ended their first day in India with a sunset visit to the world’s most famous love monument.
They held hands while posing for photographers and stared at the white marble tomb for a few minutes as the sun began to sink below the horizon.
“It’s incredible, really incredible,” Trump said. “Really incredible, an incredible place.”
Melania also weighed: “Nice, nice,” she said.
The couple signed the guestbook and walked through the gardens as part of their tour of the grave, built by a 16th-century emperor for his deceased wife.
‘Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and varied beauty of Indian culture! Thank you India, “the president wrote in the guestbook. Melania Trump signed her name under that of her husband.
It is not the President’s first experience with a Taj Mahal; one of its casinos in Atlantic City also had the name and was sold to Carl Icahn after a blocked history of corporate bankruptcy in 2016, closed and purchased for just $ 50 million by the Seminole Indian tribe in Florida who re-opened it as a Hard Rock casino and stripped of its minarets and dome.
One thing seemed to be missing in the visit to the real Taj: monkeys.
There were no signs of the nearly 1,000 rhesus monkeys that live around the grave and that arouse the fear of a diplomatic incident should they occur. India has mandated extra ‘monkey police’ – guards with snake shots – to keep the animals away.
Donald and Melania Trump stopped at the Taj Mahal to end their first day in India
Birds fly in front of the Taj Mahal during the visit of President Trump and Melania Trump
The Trumps visited the famous monument at sunset
President Trump and Melania Trump pose in front of Taj Mahal
President Trump called the Taj Mahal “incredible” while Melania Trump said it was “beautiful.”
The president and first lady ended their first day in India at the most famous monument
President Trump and Melania Trump arrived in Delhi on Monday evening to spend the night
Melania Trump waves the beast while the president limo makes his way to their hotel
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner also posed for the famous monument to love and then Kushner stepped aside so that Ivanka could make solo recordings for the grave.
Built by a Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1643, the Taj Mahal is a tomb for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. He built it for his favorite wife after she died during the birth of their 14th child. He was buried there too.
President Trump could have a special interest in the Taj. During his construction days in the 1980s, he built the Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City. It opened in 1990 and cost nearly $ 1 billion to build.
It was closed in 2014 when the parent company went bankrupt, but eventually remained open under the new ownership. It was sold again in October 2016 at the Hard Rock Cafe and reopened under that name.
The Trumps received a framed photograph of themselves in front of the monument when they returned to Air Force One to leave Agra to New Delhi, where they will spend the night.
The sunset trip to India’s most famous location came after the Trumps had spent the day with Narendra Modi in his home state of Ahmedabad, where the president and prime minister was warmly welcomed when they entered the largest cricket stadium in the world.
The day gave the president the kind of pomp and worship that he likes.
The 110,000 stadium was full and Trump acknowledged the spectacle when he addressed the Indian people.
“America loves India. America respects India. And America will always be loyal and loyal friends to the Indian people, “the president said to the acclaim.
“You have done a great honor to the American people. Melania, my family, we will always remember this remarkable hospitality, “he said.
He later told reporters that it was a “fantastic event.”
“I thought it was fantastic,” he said on his way to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. “They worked very hard.”
President Trump received the welcome that he wished when he arrived in India on Monday morning – a spectacle of Indians along the streets cheering on his motorcade, camel guards on hand and indigenous dancers in bright costumes heading for live music and the rhythm of the drum.
Modi has designed the day to address an audience of one: Trump, furious with the president as the two nations struggle to end a trade war that has disrupted inter-relations.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive for a ‘Namaste Trump’ event at the Sardar Patel Stadium
President Donald Trump embraced Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he and Melania arrived in India, which was a rare expression of the President’s affection and spoke of his affection for Modi
President Trump and Melania Trump – putting on prayer scarves and taking off their shoes – visited Gandhi’s house where Trump tried his hand on the loom
The stadium, which was filled with capacity, saw people sitting in the sun while the two leaders completed their remarks
Melania Trump and President Trump leave Sardar Patel Stadium – the world’s largest cricket stadium – following Trump’s comments
The colorful and festive arrival ceremony in India contained dancers and live music while the Trumps and Modi walked the red carpet
Security forces and their camels greet President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon their arrival at the Namaste Trump event
Thousands of people stood on the street to welcome the Trumps, but it wasn’t the million people the President predicted would greet him
Ivanka Trump and Jared Trump, the daughter and son-in-law of the president who serve as advisers to the White House, accompanied the president on the journey
President Trump’s car column moves through Ahmedabad while the Indians stood along the streets to cheer him on one side and the other side shows a wall officer built to cover the infamous slums of the nation
President Trump, in turn, embraced Modi on his arrival in the country in a rare expression of affection that spoke volumes for his preference for the Prime Minister.
Their three hours on the ground in Modi’s home state of Ahmedabad brought thousands of cheering Indians out, but not the millions Trump predicted would come to greet him. Officials estimate around 100,000 people along the 14-mile route that the Trumps took through the city.
The Trumps were on their way to the Taj Mahal after their time in Ahmedabad.
During their first stop in India, President Trump and Melania accompanied Modi for a visit to the home of Mohandas Gandhi, where the president put on a prayer scarf and put on his shoes to learn more about the life of the famous independence leader.
Then it was on to the main event – the massive rally that Modi Trump had promised, held at the world’s largest cricket stadium.
Trump, who loves a large crowd, added the capacity of 110,000 when he thanked the crowd for the warm welcome.
“To the hundreds of thousands of everyday citizens who take to the streets in a stunning display of Indian culture and friendliness, and to the 125,000 people in this great stadium today, thank you for the spectacular welcome,” he said.
Sardar Patel Stadium was packed with thousands of white “Namaste Trump” hats and waving masks from Trumps and Modi, cheering as the two leaders joined the Village Men number “Macho Man.”
But the parts of the stadium overlooking the sun were empty when the leaders completed their comments. The day was hot and baking.
The seats in the Sardar Patel Stadium started to empty when President Trump and Prime Minister Modi finished their remarks because the day was hot and baking
Prime Minister Modi welcomed President Trump to the largest cricket stadium in the world
In his comments at the stadium, Trump praised Modi’s leadership over the country.
“India will soon be home to the world’s largest middle class, and extreme poverty in your country is expected to disappear completely in less than ten years,” Trump said.
He stumbled over Indian names, including one of their spiritual gurus and famous cricket player Sachin Tendulkar.
The president also raised some of the topics of conversation he uses in his campaign meetings, urging the strong US economy, arguing for stronger border control and bragging about the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
“Every nation has the right to secure and patrol borders,” Trump said.
He also discussed relations with Pakistan, India’s neighbor and rival, and said the US worked with them to combat terrorism.
The president also mentioned the trade war that has exacerbated relations between Delhi and Washington.
Trade negotiations are at the top of the agenda, even while US officials were expecting a deal to be reached during the two days on the ground.
“Modi and I will discuss efforts to expand economic ties,” said President Trump. “We’re going to make very, very big, the biggest trade deals ever.”
“I am optimistic that working with the Prime Minister can achieve a fantastic deal that would be good – even great – for both countries,” he commented, adding, “Besides being a very difficult negotiator.”
Modi gathered the audience by shouting ‘Namaste Trump’.
He praised the American-Indian friendship and said: “a new history is being created.”
“Welcome all of you to the world’s greatest democracy,” Modi said, telling Trump that the whole of India welcomed him, adding that American India relations are no longer just a partnership.
The rally was designed to appeal to Trump’s love of big events, a crowd of thousands welcomed him when he and first lady Melania Trump entered.
Modi was full of praise for the president and his entire family and called for the performances of Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. He even mentioned the ‘Be Best’ campaign of the first lady by name and praised the work she did with children.
Trump has touted his friendship with Modi and he embraced the prime minister when he landed in India, a rare expression of affection.
Indian officials rolled out the red carpet for the Trumps and called the visit “two dynamic personalities, a memorable occasion.”
Modi was there to greet the first couple when they stepped out of Air Force One, as did a series of dancers in colorful indigenous costumes, who started the visit in a festive way.