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After US President’s speech at ‘Namaste Trump’, memes explode on social media

Many on social media mocked the expenditure on the US President's first trip to India, while some said it could be a blessing in disguise.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 25, 2020 12:46:35 pm
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US President Donald Trump landed in India on Monday for his maiden visit to the country during which he will visit Ahmedabad, Agra and Delhi. Trump landed at Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport after which he made a quick stop at the Sabarmati Ashram before travelling to the Motera stadium to address the ‘Namaste Trump’ event. (Click here for LIVE updates on Donald Trump’s India Visit)

And while the US President may have tweeted about his eagerness to visit India, on social media there was a fair amount of criticism.

How social media reacted to US President’s ‘Namaste Trump’ speech

Sabarmati ashram visit sees memes about visitor’s book

Trump and First Lady Melania tried their hand at using a charkha at the Sabarmati Ashram.  After garlanding a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, Trump and Melania also took a walk around the ashram. With pictures and video flooding social media, people on social media commented on the note left by the US president in the visitor’s book:

Criticism for preparations

From building a 1,640 feet-long wall in Ahmedabad to hide slums to releasing 14,000 litres of water into the Yamuna, some were unhappy over the expenditure on Trump’s visit to India. Some said Trump’s visit was a blessing in disguise.

Take a look at some of the memes and jokes on Trump’s visit that were tweeted with the hashtag #NamasteyTrump:

As this piece points out, the preparations for Trump include hundreds of billboards hailing “strong leaders”, “two dynamic personalities”, “great democracies”; decorations depicting events in the life of Mahatma Gandhi; traditional artistes from across the country; 28 stages representing different states along a journey labelled India Road Show; a security contingent including 15 bomb detection squads; and, the Namaste Trump event.

While a trade deal resolving issues between the two nations isn’t expected, among the announcements expected during the visit is one on a “project proposal” for the setting up of six nuclear power reactors in collaboration with Westinghouse Electric Company. Also expected is a discussion on the Blue Dot network, a new proposal to cover infrastructure and development projects across the region and other countries. (Here’s a list of pacts that the two nations are expected to sign)

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