Trump struggles to pronounce India’s biggest cricket player Sachin Tendulkar and says “Soochin Tendolker”
Donald Trump’s first official speech in India began with the president struggling to pronounce the names of two of the country’s greatest sports stars ever.
Trump today launched a whirlwind 36-hour visit to India during a mega-rally at the world’s largest cricket site to reconfirm ties between the US and India.
The president spoke to a large crowd at Sardar Patel Stadium, but stumbled over the names of legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Indian national team captain Virat Kohli.
He said: “This is the country where your people encourage some of the world’s greatest cricket players, from Soo-kin Tendul-kerrr to Virot Ko-Lee. “
Despite the unusual statement, the 110,000-person audience broke into applause for the mention of their sports heroes.
Tendulkar is generally regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the sport and is the highest run scorer of all time in international cricket. He retired in 2013.
Donald Trump speaks at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, where he wrestled with the names of two of India’s greatest sports stars ever
Trump today targets the 110,000-strong audience at the Sardar Patel Stadium in India
Kohli is considered one of the current best batsmen in the world and is the captain of the national team in all forms of the game.
Social media users mock Trump’s wrong pronunciation and compare it to the invented names in a cricket video game.
One wrote: “Do you remember the fake names on Brian Lara’s cricket? They would sound like that if you really told them. “
Another said: “Soooo is already the greatest Korean cricket player of all time.”
A Twitter user added: “Something about his statement suggests that he thinks he is in China and not in India … # SooChin.”
At the public meeting in Gujarat, Trump was accompanied by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Trump’s 36-hour visit to India began with a visit to one of Gandhi’s former houses in Ahmedabad, where he and First Lady Melania were shown the charkha loom.
Tens of thousands of people today entered the stadium in western India to welcome President Trump when he started his first official visit to the country at a time when trade conflicts fueled relationships.
India and the US have built close political and security ties, and Trump’s two-day trip is a sign of their converging interests and a way to stop China’s emergence as a superpower, officials say.
Trump landed in the western city of Ahmedabad, the political home of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the start of a two-day journey that will also take him to the Taj Mahal in Agra and Delhi for official meetings.
Modi embraced Trump and stepped out of Air Force One, together with his wife, Melania.
Trump was mocked on social media for pronouncing the names of two large Indian cricketers
Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad at the start of the mega rally
Indian spectators wear masks from President Trump while Trump gave a speech at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad
Folk dancers with colorful umbrellas danced alongside the red carpet while drummers, trumpeters and other musicians performed at the airport grounds to welcome Trump and the US delegation.
Hopes that the world’s two largest democracies in time for Trump’s arrival on a “trust-building” deal could have disappeared in recent days as differences over agriculture, medical devices, digital trade and proposed new rates fester, according to business groups.
American concerns that last year led to the suspension of India’s tariff-free access for around $ 5.6 billion in exports under the Generalized System of Preferences era of the 1970s, US officials say.
But Modi, who has established a personal contact with Trump, pulls the records for Trump’s visit, although the prospects for even a limited trade agreement were small.
The route of the cavalcade, as it swung through the city, was flooded by tens of thousands of curious spectators, who wanted to catch a glimpse of Trump and Modi.
The duo swung together a statue of Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi after a short stop to visit his former home, Sabarmati Ashram.
The rally was a larger version of the “Howdy Modi” rally where Trump and Modi appeared together last year in Houston to a jubilant crowd of 50,000 Indians, where Trump Modi compared Elvis Presley for his appeal.
His entourage includes daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner alongside members of his cabinet, including Trade Minister Wilbur Ross.
Trump waves after attending the ‘Namaste Trump’ or ‘Greetings Trump’ rally at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad today
Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive for a ‘Namaste Trump’ event
Many roads were closed in Ahmedabad, shops closed and police stationed on roofs and balconies. Schoolchildren boarded buses to the stadium and shouted, “We love Trump.” Others wore Indian flags.
‘I’ve been here since 7 a.m. I don’t know how much I have handed out, “said Durvin Prajapati, a 19-year-old volunteer standing in the stadium with a box of two thousand Trump masks. “We love Trump: he is good for business”
From Ahmedabad he goes to Agra for a sunset visit to the iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum, before landing in New Delhi for a summit with Indian officials and business executives.
The two sides argued about US requirements for access to the Indian poultry and dairy market, Indian price controls on medical devices such as stents and strict local data storage rules that US technology companies say they will increase the cost of doing business.
The government of Modi has sought to restore trade concessions that Trump withdrew in 2019 and better access to the US markets for its pharmaceutical and farm products.
The two countries are expected to announce defense agreements, including a plan from the Indian Navy to purchase Lockheed Martin helicopters worth $ 2.6 billion.