Ahead of the much-anticipated visit of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to India, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Sunday said that the aim of the visit is to build upon the strategic interests that Washington shares with New Delhi.
President Trump will be landing in Ahmedabad on February 24 around noon and will later proceed to the newly renovated Motera stadium where he will be taking part in a grand event and will address the 'Namaste Trump' event with PM Modi.
Taking to Twitter, Grisham stated that the President and the first lady are looking forward to a trip that will demonstrate the strong and enduring ties between the two countries.
We are wheels up for India, where @realDonaldTrump & @FLOTUS have a full agenda building upon our many shared values & strategic/economic interests. Looking forward to a trip meant to further demonstrate the strong & enduring ties between our two countries! 🇺🇸🇮🇳 #NamasteTrump— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) February 23, 2020
Donald Trump, accompanied by wife Melania Trump and a high-level delegation, will arrive in Ahmedabad around noon on February 24 for a little less than a 36-hour-long trip. From Ahmedabad, he will travel to Agra before arriving at the national capital for the main leg of the visit.
In a pre-departure statement, Trump called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his 'friend' and said that he looks forward to being with 'millions and millions' of people during his 36-hour three-city visit of India beginning on Monday.
"I look forward to being with the people of India. We will be with millions and millions of people. I get along very well with the Prime Minister. He is a friend of mine. Prime Minister Modi told me this will be the biggest event they have ever had," Trump told reporters before embarking on his visit.
The US President and First Lady departed for their maiden two-day visit to India from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Sunday.