By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 24, Feb 2020, 18:50 pm IST | UPDATED: 24, Feb 2020, 18:50 pm IST
Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump landed in Ahmedabad shortly before noon on Monday. His daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both senior advisors at the White House, disembarked from Air Force One first. Then the president and his wife appeared; Prime Minister Narendra Modi was waiting to greet them.
Large crowds lined up alongside the route taken by Donald Trump's cavalcade to Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1930. Once again, when the Trumps arrived, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who received them. The president and his wife tried their hand at spinning the charkha, an abiding symbol of Gandhian thought and India's freedom struggle.
Donald Trump wrote in the visitor's book at the Sabarmati Ashram. "To my great friend, Prime Minister Modi: Thank you for this wonderful visit!" Since they first met, the two leaders have displayed great warmth towards each other in public appearances -- they most recently appeared together on stage at a 50,000-strong rally in Houston, Texas.
Next stop: a reception at the Sardar Patel cricket stadium in Motera -- the world's largest. In his remarks, Donald Trump underscored India's potential and lavished praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose success he described as an example for other Indians. He struggled to pronounce some Indian names, like Swami Vivekananda and Sachin Tendulkar. But an adoring crowd hung on to his every word, cheering him on as he discussed such themes as space exploration and terrorism.