‘Namaste’ Trump: US President’s Visit To India That Gave Nigerians Misty Eyes And A Lump In The Throat

The Oasis Reporters

February 24, 2020

President Donald Trump and First Lady Ivanka Trump
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi

With US President Donald Trump and his wife, Ivanka’s State visit to India, curious Nigerians took time off early lunch to watch the event on satellite television across the country.
Before examining their impressions, here’s how Daily Mail saw it, as reported by The Oasis Reporters.

President Trump and first lady Melania who are on a visit to India’s most famous attraction on Monday, the Taj Mahal, hours after the U.S. leader gave a rousing speech to more than 110,000 at a cricket stadium in Ahmadabad.

“The Taj Mahal is widely considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Trump rarely visits cultural sites when he travels internationally, preferring to return quickly back home. But he has had long-running business ties to India, along with the former “Trump Taj Mahal” hotel and casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

Earlier, Trump was greeted by large crowds at the rally where he announced a $3 billion deal that will send state-of-the-art military helicopters to the country”.

Nigerians note here that President Buhari visited Donald Trump in Washington and got a deal for the delivery of Tucano Jets.
But have the Jets arrived here yet ?
No one can say authoritatively.

“The “Namaste Trump” rally was a sequel to the “Howdy, Modi” event Trump held with prime minister Narendra Modi in Houston last September.

Trump’s motorcade passed seemingly endless crowds in Ahmedabad with many cheering and waving American flags on the way to the 110,000 capacity Sardar Patel Stadium where the rally was conducted.

Large billboards were spread throughout the route showing Modi alongside Trump and his wife Melania.

President Trump could have a special interest in the Taj. During his building days in the 1980s, he built the Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City. It opened in 1990 and cost nearly $1 billion to construct.

It came to closing in 2014 as its parent company went through bankruptcy, but ultimately remained open under the new ownership. It was sold again in October 2016 to the Hard Rock Cafe and reopened under that name.

The sunset trip to India’s most famous location came after the Trumps’ spent the day with Narendra Modi in his home state of Ahmedabad, where the president and prime minister got a raucous welcome when they entered the world’s largest cricket stadium.

The day gave the president the kind of pageantry and adoration he likes to see.

The 110,000 stadium was filled to capacity and Trump acknowledged the spectacle when he addressed the Indian people.

‘America loves India. America respects India. And America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people,’ the president said to cheers.

‘You have done a great honor to the American people. Melania, my family, we will always remember this remarkable hospitality,’ he said.

He later told reporters it was a ‘fantastic event.’

‘I thought it was fantastic,’ he said on his way to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. ‘They worked really hard.’

President Trump received the welcome he wanted when he touched down in India Monday morning – a spectacle of Indians lining the streets cheering on his motorcade, guards on camels standing by, and native dancers in bright costumes moving to live music and the beat of the drum.

Modi designed the day to appeal to an audience of one: Trump, wooing the president as the two nations struggle to end a trade war that has damped relations between them.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive for a ‘Namaste Trump’ event at Sardar Patel Stadium

President Donald Trump hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he and Melania arrived in India, which was a rare display of affection from the president and spoke of his affection for Modi

President Trump and Melania Trump – who donned prayer shawls and removed their shoes – visited the home of Gandhi where Trump tried his hand at the loom

The stadium, which was filled with capacity saw people sitting in the sun head out as the two leaders wrapped up their remarks
Melania Trump and President Trump exit Sardar Patel Stadium – the world’s largest cricket stadium – after Trump’s remarks
The colorful and festive arrival ceremony in India featured dancers and live music as the Trumps and Modi walked the red carpet
Security forces and their camels greet President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they arrive at the Namaste Trump event
Thousands lined the streets to welcome the Trumps but it was not the million people the president predicted would come out to greet him
Ivanka Trump and Jared Trump, the president’s daughter and son-in-law who serve as White House advisers, joined the president on the trip
President Trump’s motorcade moves through Ahmedabad as Indians lined the streets to cheer him on one said and the other side shows a wall officials built to cover the nation’s infamous slums
President Trump, for his part, hugged Modi upon his arrival in the country in a rare display of affection that spoke volumes for his fondness for the prime minister.

Their three hours on the ground in Modi’s home state of Ahmedabad brought out thousands of cheering Indians, but not the millions Trump predicted would come out to greet him. Officials estimated about 100,000 people lined the 14-mile route the Trumps took through the city.

The Trumps were headed to the Taj Mahal after their time in Ahmedabad.

In their first stop in India, President Trump and Melania joined Modi for a visit to the home of Mohandas Gandhi, where the president donned a prayer shawl and removed his shoes to learn about the life of the famed independence leader.

Then it was on to the main event – the massive rally Modi had promised Trump, held at the biggest cricket stadium in the world.

Trump, who loves a large crowd, added on to the 110,000 capacity size when he thanked the crowd for its warm welcome.

‘To the hundreds of thousands of everyday citizens who come out and line the streets in a stunning display of Indian culture and kindness, and to the 125,000 people in this great stadium today, thank you for the spectacular welcome,’ he said.

Sardar Patel Stadium was packed to capacity, with thousands wearing white ‘Namaste Trump’ hats and waving masks of Trumps and Modi, cheering as the two leaders entered to the Village Men song ‘Macho Man.’

But the sections of the stadium facing the sun emptied out as the leaders wrapped up their remarks. The day was hot and baking.

Seats in Sardar Patel Stadium started to empty as President Trump and Prime Minister Modi wrapped up their remarks as the day was hot and baking
Prime Minister Modi welcomed President Trump to the world’s largest cricket stadium
President Trump and Prime Minister Modi enter the stadium to a warm welcome and 110,000 cheering supporters
Prime Minister Modi and first lady Melania Trump – seated on stage – listen as President Trump addresses the crowd
First lady Melania Trump, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi stand as the national anthems are played
President Trump praised Prime Minister Modi and American-Indian relations in his remarks
White House senior advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sat in the front row of the rally at the cricket stadium
In his remarks at the stadium, Trump praised Modi’s leadership of the country.

‘India will soon be the home of the biggest middle class anywhere in the world, and within less than ten years, extreme poverty in your country is projected to completely disappear,’ Trump said.

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

Then the first couple will travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal

First couple then travels to Delhi, where they will stay the night. He departs on Tuesday.

A Nigerian social commentator has wondered when these positive attributes would be said about Nigeria.

“All these praise he is lavishing on India and their PM Narenda Modi makes me very jealous. He is reeling out statistics on India’s development, how they’re driving down poverty rates, trying to create the world’s largest middle class, building highways, connecting every village to electricity, linking millions to the internet, sustaining the world’s largest democracy etc etc.

And he is addressing 100,000 Indians at the new cricket stadium at Ahmedabad. He said, “You’re living proof that with hard work and dedication, Indians can achieve anything”.

And oh, all this praise ain’t for nothing though…India is buying about $3bn worth of military hardware from America.

Meanwhile, according to him, he “just saw one video clip ostensibly from Benin-Ore Expressway showing a complete standstill of traffic. Guess the cause? A narrator claims bandits are killing villagers and the road is blocked.

So while countries are making huge development strides, we have to contend with bloodsucking savages and barbarians who are apparently either backed by the state or tolerated by same.

Nigeria? Sigh!

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