New Delhi: ‘The American people stand strongly with a sovereign and wonderful India’, wrote the United States President Donald Trump in the visitor’s book at Rajghat. Also Read - 'Seems Trump Didn't Find Sabarmati Ashram Visit Worthwhile', Mahatma Gandhi's Great-Grandson Takes a Dig
Notably, the US President, accompanied by the First Lady paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in the national capital. They also laid the wreath at and observed one-minute of silence before planting tree at Gandhi’s memorial. Also Read - India Committed to Strategic Partnership With US, President Kovind to Donald Trump | Highlights
‘The American people stand strongly with a sovereign and wonderful India – The vision of the great Mahatma Gandhi. This is a tremendous honor!”, wrote Trump. Also Read - Violence Can Never be Justified, Urge All to Exercise Restraint: Rahul Gandhi on Delhi Clashes
Yesterday, a lot of eyeballs were raised on Twitter after Trump left a message in the visitors’ book at Sabarmati Ashram without any mention of Mahatma Gandhi. In the book, Trump wrote, “To my great friend Prime Minister Modi. Thank you for this wonderful visit.”
After noticing no mention of Mahatma Gandhi in the message by Trump, netizens took to Twitter, comparing his note with that of the former US President Barack Obama.
When Obama visited the Mani Bhavan – where Gandhi used to stay while in Mumbai – in south Mumbai in 2010, his note in the visitors’ book read: “I am filled with hope and inspiration as I have the privilege to view this testament to Gandhi’s life. He is a hero not just to India but to the world.”
Five years later, in January 2015, after visiting the Raj Ghat in Delhi, Obama wrote, “What Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said then remains true today. The spirit of Gandhi is very much alive in India today. And it remains a great gift to the world. May we always live in the spirit of love and peace among all people and nations.”
Congress leader Manish Tewari had also mocked the US president stating, “And this is what @barackobama had to say about the Great Mahatma possibly at Rajghat or Sabarmati. The distinction can not be more stark.”
Earlier in the day, they (President and First Lady of The US) were accorded ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapti Bhavan, where they were greeted by President Ram Nath Kovind, his wife Savita Kovind and PM Narendra Modi .
A guard of honour was presented to the US President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.