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Donald Trump India Visit highlights: US president in Delhi; talks with PM Modi scheduled for day 2

Donald Trump India Visit, Namaste Trump Event 2020 highlights: After a quick handshake and a hug, PM Narendra Modi introduced the Trumps to the welcoming party at the airport. A tri-services guard was also present at the airport to honour the US President.

Written by Shubhajit Roy , Ritu Sharma , Leena Misra , Vaibhav Jha , Parimal A Dabhi | Ahmedabad, New Delhi | Updated: February 25, 2020 8:47:44 am
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(With inputs from Sohini Ghosh and Avinash Nair)

Donald Trump India Visit highlights: US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump took a tour of the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra. Trump, accompanied by daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, arrived here from Ahmedabad on Monday. A giant billboard featuring Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Prime Minister Modi greeted the couple with a message – ‘Grand welcome of India’s best friend to the City of Love –Agra’.

Donald Trump India Visit Day 2 LIVE Updates

Addressing the Namaste Trump event earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said history is being scripted at the Motera stadium. “Five months ago, I started my journey with Howdy Modi. And today, my great friend Trump has started his journey in India in Ahmedabad with ‘Namaste Trump’. After the long journey, Trumps made their way to the Sabarmati Ashram,” said Modi, while welcoming them to the “biggest democracy in the world.” He also made the crowd chant ‘long live India-US friendship.’

While addressing the “Namaste Trump” event, US President Donald Trump said, “America loves India, America respects India and America will always be a faithful and loyal friend to the Indian people.” He also said that PM Modi started off as a humble ‘chaiwala’; he worked at cafeteria and is a shining example that Indians can achieve anything. “Extreme poverty in your country will be eliminated in the next 10 years. India and US have a natural and enduring friendship. There is a difference between nation that rises by coercion and one that rises by setting people free that is India,” Trump added.

Earlier today, US President and his wife Melania tried their hands at spinning the ‘charkha’ (spinning wheel) at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. Accompanied by PM Narendra Modi, the US president and his wife went around the Ashram, before resuming the roadshow from the airport to the Motera stadium. Donald Trump and Melania Trump were welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad. After a quick handshake and a hug, Modi introduced the Trumps to the welcoming party at the airport. This is Trump’s first visit to India since he assumed office.

In Photos | PM Modi lands in Ahmedabad to receive US President

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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in India on Monday. Read in Malayalam, Tamil and Bangla    

06:27 (IST)25 Feb 2020
Donald Trump announces $3-billion deal with India: ‘Some of the most feared military equipment’

President Donald Trump announced Monday that the US will sign deals to sell the “absolute finest, state-of-the-art military helicopters” and other defence equipment to India worth $3 billion.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and First Lady Melania Trump on the stage at the Motera stadium, Trump also called Modi a “very tough negotiator” and said he is optimistic that they are in the “early stages of discussion” for an “incredible” trade deal.  Read more here

06:05 (IST)25 Feb 2020
Donald Trump India visit: On table for today, several pacts and talks on a future trade deal

When US President Donald Trump meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday, an ambitious trade deal in future will be top of the agenda for the two leaders.

Some of Delhi’s decisions in the last few months have contributed to Trump’s frustration that India has not been treating the US well. One such decision was the retaliatory tariffs on walnuts, imposed in the wake of the US withdrawal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). Since India is a huge market for California walnuts, the fate of about 35 consignments was jeopardised — the announcements came while these consignments were on their way. Read more here

05:30 (IST)25 Feb 2020
Reading American Presidents India visit

Trump is the third US President to visit India over the last decade and a half. Each of the four presidential visits — Barack Obama visited twice — have had a context. While the Presidents’ most used word has unsurprisingly been ‘India’, all their speeches have had two other things in common — the invocation of Swami Vivekananda, and praise for the Indian American community. Read more here

04:18 (IST)25 Feb 2020
Dash of happiness for Melania at Delhi school

When US First Lady Melania Trump visits a Delhi government school in South Delhi on Tuesday, she will observe a one-of-its-kind classroom — where students and teachers meditate, chat, tell stories and share jokes for 45 minutes each day.

Since it was started in 2018, the happiness curriculum has become Delhi’s flagship programme and is among those that stands out in a list of achievements that the government claims is the most unusual. Read more here

02:55 (IST)25 Feb 2020
Delhi: Security further tightened for Trump as police look to keep protesters at bay

Hours after violence erupted in several areas of Northeast Delhi Monday afternoon, Delhi Police revised security arrangements for US President Donald Trump’s travel plans.

While the initial security plan involved blocking traffic movement on only one carriageway outside Hotel ITC Maurya Sheraton — where the US president checked in on Monday evening —police have now decided to stop traffic movement on both carriageways minutes before Trump’s cavalcade departs from the hotel. READ MORE HERE

22:28 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Trump is third US President to visit Taj

US President Donald Trump who visited the iconic Taj Mahal on Monday evening has now become the third head of state from America to visit the famed 17th century mausoleum in Agra, officials said. Dwight David Eisenhower was the first US president to pay a visit to the Taj in December 1959. He had visited it along with the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Prior to Trump, then US president Bill Clinton had visited the celebrated architectural icon in 2000. He had seen it with his daughter Chelsea Clinton.

21:56 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Locals, foreigners turned away as Raj Ghat closes for visitors ahead of Trump's visit

The entry of local and foreign visitors to Raj Ghat was prohibited on Monday ahead of the scheduled visit of US President Donald Trump to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, officials said. Trump would visit Raj Ghat on Tuesday to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi.

"Tomorrow in Delhi, we will lay a wreath, plant a tree at Raj Ghat in honor of this leader (Mahatma Gandhi) who is revered all around the world," Trump said on Monday at a public event in Ahmedabad's Motera stadium. Those turned away from the memorial included visitors from Canada, the US, France, El Salvador, the UK and a group of 18 tourists from Ireland, who arrived on a bus as part of a guided tour of the national capital, among others. (PTI)

21:36 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Melania Trump to witness 'happiness curriculum' at Delhi school, interact with students

US First Lady Melania Trump will interact with students at a Delhi government school and witness various activities conducted as part of the 'happiness curriculum' on Tuesday, sources said. All roads leading to the school have been fortified, with trees being pruned according to the directions of the security agencies.

According to the sources, Melania Trump will reach the school in south Delhi around noon and spend over an hour there. During the visit, she is likely to undertake a tour of the school, go to different classes, interact with the students and witness different activities being conducted as part of the 'happiness curriculum', they said. (PTI)

19:11 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Former PM Manmohan Singh likely to skip banquet hosted by President

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to skip the banquet hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind tomorrow for US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Rashtrapati Bhawan. On the morning of February 25, Trump and the First Lady would be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.From there, they would go to Rajghat to pay homage at the 'samadhi' of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening, the US president will meet President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. A banquet will be hosted by Kovind. President Trump would depart from India later that evening

18:46 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Adityanath presents portrait of Taj Mahal to Trump

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath presented a large portrait of the iconic monument 'Taj Mahal' to US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, as they depart for Delhi.

18:44 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Donald Trump, wife Melania leave for Delhi

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have left from Taj Mahal. They are scheduled to reach Delhi by 7.30 pm at the Palam Air Force Station

18:41 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Next stop: Delhi

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will head to Palam Air Force Station in Delhi after their visit to the Taj Mahal today before calling it a day. The US President and PM Modi will sign various agreements and Memorandum of understandings (MoUs) tomorrow and will meet President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan. 

18:07 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Explained: Mud packs and other remedies to save the Taj from pollution, age, and insects

The Taj Mahal complex has been spruced up for the visit of United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. Red sandstone corridors had been cleaned of weather stains, the fountains had been scrubbed, and extra flower beds had been added to the gardens. READ MORE HERE

17:26 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Taj Mahal is testament to rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture: Trump

Visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump called it a "timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture." They wrote this in the visitor's book at the monument. "The Taj Mahal inspires awe. A timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture. Thank you India," the visitor's book, signed by the US' first couple, read. 

17:07 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Trump takes a tour of Taj Mahal

US President Donald Trump, his wife Melania visited the Taj Mahal in Agra Monday during a two-day visit to India. 

16:49 (IST)24 Feb 2020
Trump's India itinerary

After visiting Ahmedabad, Trump and wife Melania are scheduled to visit Taj Mahal in Agra and the Palam Air Force Station in Delhi. Here is their complete itinerary. 

5:15 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit the Taj Mahal.

7:30 pm: The US President will arrive at the Palam Air Force Station in Delhi.

DAY 2 – Feb 25, 2020

10:00 am: US President Donald Trump will receive the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital.

10:30 am: The US President will lay a wreath at Rajghat, the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi.

11:00 am: US President Donald Trump will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House.

12:40 pm: The US President and PM Modi will sign various agreements and Memorandum of understandings (MoUs) and give out a press statement.

7:30 pm: The US President will meet President of India Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

10:00 pm: US President Donald Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, will emplane for the US.

16:43 (IST)24 Feb 2020
There's much to gain from Trump-Modi friendship: Nikki Haley

Prominent Indian-American politician Nikki Haley has said that there is much to be gained from the friendship between Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the US President's maiden official visit to India. Haley, who was America's envoy to the UN in the first two years of the Trump administration and the first-ever cabinet-ranking Indian-American in any presidential administration, said that she is proud to see Trump and First Lady Melania travel to India.

"The US and India are the two largest democracies in the world and share many values. There is much to be gained by the friendship of Modi and Trump," the 48-year-old top Republican leader and former South Carolina governor said in a tweet. (PTI)

16:41 (IST)24 Feb 2020
US President Donald Trump, First lady Melania leave for Taj Mahal

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner leave for Taj Mahal. 

16:28 (IST)24 Feb 2020
UP CM Yogi Adityanath welcomes Trump at Agra airport

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump received by UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Agra. They will soon visit Taj Mahal.  Trump is likely to stay at Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel while visiting the Taj and attending a cultural programme.

16:20 (IST)24 Feb 2020
The Trumps land in Agra

US President Donald Trump and his wife first lady Melania Trump have arrived at Agra airport. They are scheduled to visit the Taj Mahal shortly. 

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Ahead of the visit of US President Donald Trump in Ahmedabad on February 24, police are expecting a total of 1,20,000 people to turn up at the newly made Motera stadium, which is built for the capacity of 1.10 lakh.

According to officials of Ahmedabad Police, a total of 15000-20000 people are expected to show up at the 22-kilometre long road stretch from Ahmedabad Airport to Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati to Sardar Patel International Stadium in Motera of Ahmedabad, to welcome Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and PM Narendra Modi.

US President Donald Trump will raise the issue of “religious freedom” and the shared tradition of democracy “certainly in private” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a US administration official said in Washington on Saturday, ahead of Trump’s visit to India on February 24-25 — his first since assuming office.

While US officials said Trump will also raise these issues in his public remarks, there is not much opportunity for him to make such comments since the carefully choreographed media statement is not likely to have a question-and-answer session. However, there is a likelihood that the US President will have a separate press conference with the accompanying US media.

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