New Delhi: US President Donald Trump was welcomed with great pomp and show on Monday, as he arrived in Ahmedabad for the first leg of his two-day state visit to India, his first to the country. Accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, the US President was received at the Ahmedabad Airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who broke protocol to receive him, welcoming him with a tight hug. Also Read - Trump India Visit: Do You Know Taj Mahal’s Tombs Were Cleaned For First Time in 300 Years?
From the airport, the trio left for Sabarmati Ashram and then finally to the Motera Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium with a 1.1 lakh capacity, for the ‘Namaste Trump’ event. After an introductory speech by PM Modi, Trump addressed the audience, praising PM Modi and India. During his speech, he pronounced several Indian names, including that of Swami Vivekananda, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli etc. Also Read - Donald Trump Mentions Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli; Pronunciation Leaves Twitterati in Splits | WATCH VIDEO
However, his pronunciation of the said names took social media by storm, leaving netizens in splits. Also Read - ‘Timeless Testament,' Donald Trump Writes on Visitor's Book at Taj Mahal
The Trumps then proceeded to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, where they were received by UP CM Yogi Adityanath. Writing in the visitors’ book, the US President called the Taj a ‘timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture.‘
From there, the First Couple finally arrived in the national capital where the operative part of the visit will take place tomorrow, which will also be the second and final day of the state visit. The engagements will include a bilateral meet, signing of several Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) and a joint presser by the two leaders. The visit will end with a state banquet in honour of President Trump and First Lady by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The visit of the US President, however, coincided with violent clashes between pro- and anti-CAA protesters in several areas of northeast Delhi, for the second day running.