US President Donald Trump, who once owned the former Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is taking in the breathtaking views of the real Taj Mahal. He is the third President of the United States to visit the historic monument.
On his flight to Agra, India, Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he's never been to the iconic 17th-century mausoleum, but that he's heard it's “incredible.” Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived at the UNESCO world heritage site just as the sun was beginning to set.
Agra: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Taj Mahal. pic.twitter.com/DOd4tu8iOQ— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2020
Agra: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Taj Mahal. pic.twitter.com/BDZVQbHJ2T— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2020
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will receive US President and his family at the Kheria airport, Agra on their arrival from Ahmedabad. However, the two leaders will not be accompanying Trump and First Lady Melania to the historic monument.
Trump’s convoy route from the airport to the Taj Mahal is about 13 km, and along the way, thousands of artists will be welcoming him with special performances.
Donald Trump in his address heaped praises for India and called PM Modi 'very tough'. He said, "We will always remember this remarkable hospitality. India will hold a special place in our hearts. PM Modi started out as 'tea wallah', he worked as a tea seller. Everybody loves him but I will tell you this, he is very tough."
#LIVE on #NamasteTrump | 'Namaste,' says US President Donald Trump addressing the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, adding, 'Thank you for this hospitality, we will remember it forever'. Tune in to watch his speech at 'Namaste Trump' here - https://t.co/jghcajZuXf pic.twitter.com/SHzrUXmGJm— Republic (@republic) February 24, 2020
In his address, recalled Houston's 'Howdy Modi!', Trump said, "Five months ago the United States welcomed your great Prime Minister at a giant football stadium in Texas and today India welcomes us at the world's largest cricket stadium right here in Ahmedabad." "The potential for India is absolutely incredible. India's rise is an example for every nation in the world, all the more inspiring as you have done it as a democracy, as a peaceful country," he added.
US President Donald Trump highlighted Bollywood and Indian Cricket in his speech. In addition, invoking the various Indian festivals in his address, he said, "All over the planet people take great joy in watching Bollywood films, bhangra, and classic films like DDLJ and Sholay. You cheer on great cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli."
Elaborating on radical Islamic terrorism Trump said, "India, US committed to fighting terrorists and their ideology; that is why my govt is working with Pakistan to crack down on terror groups." He further announced that the two leaders would seal defense deals worth USD 3 billion on Tuesday.
Welcoming the US President and Trump family, PM Modi hailed the strategic relationship between the two countries. He said, "India-US relations are no longer just another partnership. It is a far greater and closer relationship. One is 'land of the free' the other believes the world is one family. One feels proud of 'statue of liberty' the other feels proud of 'statue of unity.'"
#LIVE on #NamasteTrump | This is Gujarat, but the enthusiasm to welcome you is all of India's. India-US relations aren't just another partnership; they're part of a much bigger relationship: PM Modi at 'Namaste Trump' event at Motera Stadium https://t.co/jghcajZuXf pic.twitter.com/qwyECuyF6X— Republic (@republic) February 24, 2020
"There is so much that we share, like shared values and ideals, a shared spirit of enterprise and innovation. Shared opportunities and challenges, shared hopes and aspirations," he added.
#LIVE on #NamasteTrump | Today India is undertaking financial inclusion at a record pace: PM Modi at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad; Tune in to watch here - https://t.co/RZHKU3wOei pic.twitter.com/4FrdloXQLj— Republic (@republic) February 24, 2020
Prime Minister's office shared a tweet of the 'electric atmosphere' that was witnessed at the Motera Stadium ahead of the extravagant 'Namaste, Trump' event.
Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump spin the Charkha at Sabarmati Ashram. During his visit, both the US President and First Lady wrote in the visitor's book. The Trumps are not headed towards the Motera stadium now.
Sharing a photograph of PM Modi embracing Donald Trump, the Prime Minister welcomed the US President on Monday to India. Immediately after the Air Force plane landed, Donald Trump and PM Modi embarked on a 22-km-long roadshow from the Ahmedabad International Airport.
PM Modi and US President Donald Trump's roadshow gets underway in Ahmedabad as they make their way to the Sabarmati Ashram.
#LIVE on #NamasteTrump | PM Modi and US President Donald Trump's roadshow gets underway in Ahmedabad as they make their way to the Motera Stadium. Tune in to watch here - https://t.co/jghcajZuXf pic.twitter.com/vILzocxFji— Republic (@republic) February 24, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugged US President Donald Trump as he received him and First Lady Melania Trump in Ahmedabad Airport on Monday.
#LIVE on #NamasteTrump | The presidential limousine - The Beast - is ready at the Ahmedabad Airport; US President Trump is to deplane from Air Force One imminently; Tune in to watch here - https://t.co/jghcajZuXf pic.twitter.com/gH2sJzJzeR— Republic (@republic) February 24, 2020
US President Donald Trump along with accompanied by his wife Melania Trump, daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump, son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, and other prominent officials landed in India.
#LIVE on #NamasteTrump | Air Force One with US President Donald Trump lands at Ahmedabad airport; Tune in to watch non-stop coverage on Republic TV here - https://t.co/jghcajZuXf pic.twitter.com/CbLIzgArka— Republic (@republic) February 24, 2020
#LIVE on #NamasteTrump | Senior White House Advisors and Trump family-members Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner touch-down in Ahmedabad; US President Donald Trump to deplane any moment now; Tune in to watch here - https://t.co/RZHKU3wOei pic.twitter.com/7X9GIWXbWd— Republic (@republic) February 24, 2020