Donald Trump embraced Narendra Modi when he arrived in India on Monday for a two-day visit, a rare expression of the President’s affection that showed the friendship he feels for the Prime Minister.
Thousands of people have lined up in Ahmedabad to welcome President and First Lady Melania for their two-day visit.
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 pair as they stepped out of Air Force One, as did a series of dancers in colorful indigenous costumes who danced alongside the red carpet while the prime minister led the trump cards to their cars.
Melania Trump wore white pants with a white long-sleeved shirt and green sash around her waist before arrival.
And the president showed his enthusiasm for the trip, and sent a tweet from Air Force One in Hindi as he was en route: “We are ready to come to India, we are en route, we will meet everyone in a few hours.”
Thousands of filled Motera Stadium – which will be the world’s largest cricket stadium after Trump formally opens it Monday – to greet the president, who will be accompanied by Modi during the event.
Indians arrive at the cricket stadium where Trump will give his speech
The area where President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak in the stadium
Participants wore white hats with “Namaste Trump” and received cardboard masks with the President’s face
The stadium has 110,000 inhabitants and will be the largest cricket stadium in the world
Indian people arriving at stadium
Trump sent a tweet in Hindi who said he was on his way
The huge rally has been named “Namaste Trump,” which translates into “Greetings Trump.”
Participants wore white hats with “Namaste Trump” and received cardboard masks with the President’s face.
The president loves a big show and has bragged that this could be the biggest event that India has ever seen with millions of people present. The stadium, which is still under construction, has 110,000 inhabitants, although many more Indians are expected to align the 14-mile route that Trump will cross from the airport to the rally site.
“I hear it’s going to be a big event. Some people say the biggest event they’ve ever had in India. that’s what the prime minister told me – this will be the biggest event they’ve ever had. So it will be very exciting, “he told reporters at the White House on Sunday as he prepared to leave for India.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave the White House for a two-day trip to India
Melania Trump joins the president for the state visit
The staff of Rapid Action Force (RAF) are watching at the cricket stadium for Trump’s visit
Billboards that welcome the Trumps have been hoisted around the cities in India that they will visit
A monkey sits on a billboard with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump
A road is smoked in Ahmedabad prior to Trump’s visit
And the place will be spik and span for the president.
Employees have cleaned the roads and placed billboards to welcome the first couple. And a four-meter-high wall has been built to hide the infamous slums of the nation, which house more than 2,000 people, from the Trumps eye.
Trump India schedule
Monday: Trumps arrive in Ahmedabad
They visit the Gandhi Ashram
Event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Motera Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium
The first couple then travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal
The first couple then travel to Delhi, where they will spend the night
Tuesday will be ceremonial events, bilateral meetings and business events with Indian investors
Trump has a meet-and-greet with the staff of the embassy
He will have a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Modi
He will meet Ram Nath Kovind, the president of India
The first couple will attend a state dinner at the presidential palace, called Rashtrapati Bhavan
Trumps are leaving for the United States on Tuesday evening
Fashion loyalists and police will stand by the roadside in Ahmedabad – where the Trumps land Monday – to greet the first pair in the kind of pomp and splendor that the president adores – and offer a big run-up to the world’s largest largest cricket stadium where Trump holds the biggest rally of his presidential career.
Trump loves a large audience and Monday’s rally, announced as “Namaste Trump,” will include more than 100,000 cheering fans. Trump’s campaign meetings are on average between 10,000 and 20,000, depending on the size of the location.
Trump said last week that a total of 7 million people would welcome him, including the 14-mile route from Ahmedabad Airport to Motera Stadium.
“He told me we have seven million people between the airport and the event,” Trump said last Tuesday.
Two days later he raised public estimates.
“I’ve heard they’ll have 10 million people,” he said during a campaign meeting. “They say that between six and ten million people will show up on the route to one of the largest stadiums in the world.”
It is unclear how many will actually encourage the president on his route, but it is unlikely that it will be 10 million and may not touch six numbers.
Ahmedabad has eight million inhabitants.
The Modi government is dropping more than $ 14 million, according to the Associated Press, to pursue President Trump because the two countries are embroiled in a trade war that shows no signs of weakening.
That includes a four-meter-high brick wall that has been erected quickly near the stadium and some say it is being built to block the view of a slum with more than 2,000 people.
It will protect the president when he arrives at the event.
The stadium, built for $ 100 million, is a perfectly round location that promises unobstructed views from every angle. It can accommodate 110,000.
When Modi visited the United States last year, he and President Trump attended a “Howdy Modi” meeting in Houston that drew a crowd of 50,000 Indians. Trump compared Modi with Elvis Presley during that event.