Trump heads to India, where massive rally and Taj Mahal visit await: What to know

President Trump is headed to India for a huge rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a visit meant to highlight the relationship between two countries that have become strategic allies in recent years.

Trump may address the largest crowd he ever has on Monday before he and members of his administration attend a set of Tuesday meetings, concluding with a state dinner.

Here's what we know about Trump's trip to India:

He may address a crowd of about 110,000 at his Monday rally

Sardar Patel Stadium, newly renovated to hold over 100,000 people, will host President Trump and Prime Minister Modi on Monday.

Sardar Patel Stadium, newly renovated to hold over 100,000 people, will host President Trump and Prime Minister Modi on Monday. (Getty)

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The Trump-Modi rally on Monday will be the first event in the newly renovated Sardar Patel Stadium, the largest cricket stadium in the world, with a capacity of about 110,000, according to the Times of India. That is approximately the size of some of the largest college football stadiums in the United States.

The rally, named "Namaste, Trump," is a sequel to the "Howdy, Modi" rally Trump and the prime minister attended in Houston last September.

With little in the way of official proclamations expected to come from Trump's excursion to the subcontinent, the rally will likely be the highlight of the trip, with Trump taking advantage of the chance to speak before a large, adoring crowd in another country.

Trump and First Lady Melania are joined by a 12-person delegation

The president, who is joined by his wife Melania on the India visit, will also bring a 12-person official delegation, including some of the highest-ranking economic and foreign policy officials in his administration:

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Sean posted:

Trump heads to India, where massive rally and Taj Mahal visit await: What to know

The Trump-Modi rally on Monday will be the first event in the newly renovated Sardar Patel Stadium, the largest cricket stadium in the world, with a capacity of about 110,000, according to the Times of India. That is approximately the size of some of the largest college football stadiums in the United States.

The rally, named "Namaste, Trump," is a sequel to the "Howdy, Modi" rally Trump and the prime minister attended in Houston last September.

With little in the way of official proclamations expected to come from Trump's excursion to the subcontinent, the rally will likely be the highlight of the trip, with Trump taking advantage of the chance to speak before a large, adoring crowd in another country.

Indeed, indeed, indeed ....

Excursion trip - meaning specifically for one's leisure - to India to look-see and have a one-in-a-trillion chance to speak to a huge crowd.

Image result for Trump and Modi hugging

Perhaps Trump saying to Modi ....

"Don't cry boy, I will visit India just for recreation purposes." 

Trump lands in India and feels the love

, Updated 7:58 AM ET, Mon February 24, 2020, Source -- https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/24...dia-rally/index.html

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New Delhi (CNN)President Donald Trump touched down in India on Monday ready to feel the love.

He was promised crowds -- big ones -- by his charismatic but increasingly nationalistic counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who greeted Trump upon arrival with a hug.
And while a major trade agreement seems unlikely on this trip, Trump was more than happy to bask in the type of adulation that doesn't typically follow him when he travels abroad.
It was all an elaborate display meant to illustrate just how close Trump and Modi are, or at least how close they want to world to believe they are. At regular intervals throughout New Delhi and Ahmedabad, larger-than-life images of the two men are plastered on signs and posts. One declared: "Two dynamic personalities, one momentous occasion."
 
Both men heaped praise on the other during a massive "Namaste Trump" rally in the world's largest cricket stadium, held in Modi's home state.
A massive throng, all wearing white caps, cheered eagerly as Trump praised Indian democracy, Modi and Bollywood (sometimes using haltingly pronounced Hindi nouns). The crowd appeared to thin somewhat as temperatures increased inside the stadium, but tens of thousands remained to hear the President speak.
Trump made some veiled nudges toward maintaining India's historic status as a pluralistic society, which some could view in the context of recent moves Modi's critics say are moving toward anti-Muslim Hindu nationalism.
"Your nation has always been admired around the earth as the place where millions upon millions of Hindus and Muslims and Sikhs and Jains worship side by side in harmony," Trump said.
But the US president also offered a robust defense of using immigration controls to prevent what he calls "radical Islamic terrorism," bolstering some of Modi's hardline views.
"Every nation has the right to secure and controlled borders," he said. "The United States and India are committed to working together to stop terrorists and fight their ideology."
Trump peppered his speech with applause lines, guaranteeing his crowd roared with approval when he named famous Indian cricketers or listed the titles of a few Bollywood films.
He mounted praise on Modi, calling him a "true friend" and an "exceptional leader" whose rise to leadership as the son of a tea seller was an example of the country's "limitless potential."
The whole event took on the atmosphere of one of Trump's political rallies, complete with the Elton John playlist. And that, aides say, is what Trump was looking for when he agreed to travel 8,000 miles for a night in India: an uproarious reception and the biggest crowd he's ever drawn.

Traditional performances

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Before arriving in the crowds of people, Trump emerged from Air Force One to an embrace from Modi while traditional folk music from Gujarat state -- complete with blowing conch shells and persistent drumming -- began echoing. Women with rainbow flower strands stacked atop their headdresses danced to the rhythm.
He went from the airport to the Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Indian independence, lived from 1917-1930. Trump and first lady Melania Trump -- who removed their shoes for the tour -- viewed a traditional charkha spinning wheel, closely associated with Gandhi that came to represent self-sufficiency during the non-cooperation movement. After, Modi unveiled three marble statuettes, about a foot tall, of monkeys making the "speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil" motions as a gift.
"To my great friend, thank you for this wonderful visit," Trump wrote in the site's guest book.
He flew from Ahmedabad to Agra, where he took an early evening tour of the Taj Mahal, the late-afternoon sun setting the famous white marble mausoleum aglow.
Standing in front of the iconic symbol of lasting love -- which he'd never visited previously, despite naming one of his Atlantic City casinos after it -- the President stood hand-in-hand with the first lady declaring the site "truly incredible."
Before he arrived, Trump placed his expected crowd count for his "Namaste Trump" rally in the range of 6 to 10 million, but given the city's population of 8 million and the stadium's capacity of 110,000, those figures seemed high.
Whatever the final number, the crowd was massive, including along Trump's motorcade route, where thousands of hand-selected members of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party welcomed him into Ahmedabad in India's northwest.
Trump will spend several hours with Modi, whom he describes as a friend. There are plenty of surface-level similarities between the men, like a penchant for populist nationalism and ardent followings. But their backgrounds differ vastly and they hold divergent economic views.
Trump is generally a reluctant traveler and the trip to India takes him away from the White House for only a night.
"That's not too much," he said on Sunday.

Trade negotiations

The real work takes place Tuesday, when Trump and Modi are expected to haggle over a festering trade dispute and discuss security-related matters.
On trade, Trump has insisted that US trade deficits be reduced and has used harsh tactics like tariffs to achieve his goals. After he applied stiff new tariffs on steel and aluminum, India responded by placing new duties on medical devices and farm products. The US then stripped India of special trade status meant for developing countries.
Trump has all but ruled out striking a grand trade deal on this trip. He said in his speech the US and India would make "very, very major" trade agreements but that they remain in the early stages. Modi, he joked, is a "very tough negotiator."
Trump did announce billions in new defense sale agreements, which the US hopes will lure India away from purchasing its hardware from Russia.
US administration officials also say Trump plans to confront Modi over troubling steps that amount to Democratic backsliding, like a new law that denies citizenship to Muslims. And Trump's offer still stands to help mediate an ongoing dispute over Kashmir between India and Pakistan, though Modi has essentially rejected his overtures.

In pictures: Trump visits India

Updated 12:43 PM ET, Mon February 24, 2020, Source -- CNN, https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/24...ump-india/index.html

President Donald Trump is making his first trip to India. He landed Monday morning in Ahmedabad, the hometown of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the two leaders spoke to a large crowd at the Motera cricket stadium.

Later in the day, Trump toured the Taj Mahal.

On Tuesday, the President will hold talks with Modi in New Delhi and attend a state banquet. Trump's wife, Melania, is joining him on the two-day trip, as is his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

https://dynaimage.cdn.cnn.com/cnn/w_1600/https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cnn.com%2Fcnnnext%2Fdam%2Fassets%2F200224014849-02-donald-trump-india-0224.jpgModi embraces Trump upon his arrival at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad on February 24. -- Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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Perhaps Trump saying to Modi ....

"You see, I am here for one day to ensure that you are okay."

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https://dynaimage.cdn.cnn.com/cnn/w_1600/https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cnn.com%2Fcnnnext%2Fdam%2Fassets%2F200224165833-01-trump-protest-india-0224-kolkata.jpgStudent activists in Kolkata, India, carry a banner as they protest Trump's visit. --Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images

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https://dynaimage.cdn.cnn.com/cnn/w_1600/https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cnn.com%2Fcnnnext%2Fdam%2Fassets%2F200224103824-18-trump-india-0224-spinning-wheel.jpgTrump holds a string while viewing a charkha, or spinning wheel, as Modi and Melania Trump look on during a visit to the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. ---Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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Perhaps, Trump asking ....

"Now, what is the extremely difficult thing you are making."

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Source & rest of article plus photos -- https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/24...ump-india/index.html

Sean posted:

No other US President ever showed so much respect to Indians.

They love Trump.

Haaaa, haaa, haaaaa, haaaaaaa, Ohh my ohhhh my ...

Bai Sean, know the history of issues for the US_of_A and India.

Snapshot, just two of the numerous issues ....

1. President Barack Obama was the second president in 2010 -- first was Dwight Eisenhower in 1959 -- who visited India and addressed the joint session of India's parliament. One of the numerous benefits from President Obama's visit was a $$10 billion dollars trade deal translating to over 50,000 US_of_A jobs.

2. Because of political issues, Narendra Modi was banned to travel to the United States in 2005 when the State Department revoked the tourist and business visa for him.

3, 4, 5, etc., etc., etc..

What exactly Donald Trump did on his one-day visit to India???

President Trump had a very successful trip to Mother India and addressed one of the largest crowd by an American President in the American History. 
They also prayed for his re-election. The last time they did prayers, he won !

God bless Modi and God Bless Trump for a massive election victory while the democrats are croaking and choking on socialism.

God Bless pro lifers, evangelicals and all Christians, Muslims and Hindu Americans for supporting Trump. May he have the straight to ward off socialism and communism. 

Atheists and abortionists who support late term murders are welcome in the Democrat party. May Bernie win the nomination. 

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Sean posted:

President Trump had a very successful trip to Mother India and addressed one of the largest crowd by an American President in the American History.

Yes ... indeed, indeed, indeed ...

He had an extremely "successful" trip in India specifically to visit the Taj Mahal and then ramble here, there and everywhere for a one-day visit.

Question: --- What specifically Trump has done and achieved in comparison to the visits by President Barack Obama and President Dwight Eisenhower?

https://dynaimage.cdn.cnn.com/cnn/w_1600/https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cnn.com%2Fcnnnext%2Fdam%2Fassets%2F200224121338-26-trump-india-0224-taj-mahal.jpgTrump and the first lady tour the grounds of the Taj Mahal in Agra. -- Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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