TRUMP VISIT .. US President arriving in Ahmedabad before noon for road show and more

Namaste Trump … the backdrop to the dais at Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in AHmedabad — the largest in world.


NEW DELHI: US president Donald Trump will be arriving in India on a two-day visit on Monday morning. Among the many programmes arranged for Trump, the main attraction will be a 24-km roadshow in Ahmedabad on Monday, followed by programmes in Agra and New Delhi. Trump and his entourage will land in Ahmedabad airport before noon on Monday, officials said. 

The US president will first land in Ahmedabad before noon on Monday, and will reach Delhi in the evening to stay in the national capital till Tuesday night, and then emplane Air Force One for his return journey. 

Trump will, apart from a road trip to Sabarmati Ashram from Ahmedabad around 11.40am, will also address a huge gathering at Motera’s Sardar Patel cricket stadium, world’s largest, where a Namaste Trump event has been organised with great fanfare by the Modi team. Bollywood singers and Gujarati folk dancers will regale the audience there in the afternoon. Lakhs of people could attend the stadium event.

Trump told the media before departure from White House that he was having a close personal relationship with Prime Minister Modi. He said he was having high expectations about the reception being arranged for him in India. “I hear it would be the biggest,” he told the media. Trump will be accorded a welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday. 

Accompanying Trump on the India tour are, among a battery of top officials and others, his wife Melania and ‘power couple Ivanka,38, and Jared Kushner,39,  – Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, who act as presidential advisers.

PARAPHERNALIA: The President’s The Beast and Marine One have already arrived at Ahmedabad airport, much in advance of the arrival of Air Force One carrying President Trump and his family members. They were airlifted by a cargo plane. The Beast can withstand gunshots as also missiles. The Marine One, a set of five aircraft, too can withstand such attacks. These will have direct telephone link to US vice president, who will be in charge of the nation when the President is on tour abroad. Trump will travel in one of the five aircraft from the stadium back to the Ahmedabad airport. Also present in Delhi, Agra and Ahmedabad, for now, are snipers and commandos and teams of the US Secret Police, apart from PM Modi’s personal security apparatus in full force.

WHAT TRUMP SAID: “I look forward to being with the people of India. We are going to have many millions and millions of people. It’s a long trip. I get along very well with Prime Minister Modi. He is a friend of mine,” Trump told the media personnel outside the White House as he left for the two-day India visit. 

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PM TWEET: “India looks forward to welcoming  @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. It is an honour that he will be with us tomorrow, starting with the historic programme in Ahmedabad,” PM Modi tweeted. 

BAHUBALI TWEET: Trump had shared an edited video from the movie “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” which shows his face morphed over the face of the film’s actor. “Look so forward to being with my great friends in INDIA!” Trump tweeted. 

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MEETINGS: There will be delegation-level meetings between PM Modi and President Trump and signing of agreements between the two nations, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. — IHN-NN


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