New Delhi: Heaping praise on the gathering that greeted him at ‘Namaste Trump’ event in Ahmedabad, the United States President asserted that it was hard to be enthused by the crowd after witnessing the huge one at the Motera stadium. Notably, Trump made the remarks while addressing his supporters at a rally in South Carolina after his 2-day maiden visit to India. Also Read - Namaste Trump: From Ahmedabad to Agra, Donald Trump is All Praise For India's Rich Cultural Diversity
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“In India, I hate to say this to you, they actually have 129,000-seat stadium. Did you see it? The place was packed, and they did better than most. They gave me credit for 100,000. That was not bad. It’s 129. The stadium holds 100. They had a field that’s about three times… it’s Cricket. It’s the biggest stadium. And they had 129,” Trump stated.
“I may never be excited again about a crowd after going to India. Think of this, they have 1.5 billion people. We have 350, so we are doing pretty well, I will tell you what, but I love this crowd and I love that crowd too. (sic)”, he added.
The US President, who was accompanied by wife Melania and a high-level delegation, had shared the stage with PM Modi, whom he referred as a “great guy loved by the people of India.”
“We had an amazing thing. And I went in, and here’s the problem. This is a big crowd and normally I like talking about my crowd because I get the crowds like nobody, but I just got back from 140 or 50 or 60,000 people and now I am coming here. What does this place hold, 15? It’s hard to be enthused. You understand that?” he told his supporters.
During his 36-hour stay in India, the US President took part in a host of events and engagements including a 22-km roadshow, visit to the Taj Mahal. On the second day of his visit, he held bilateral talks with PM Modi and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.