Trump was greeted by Modi, whom Trump recently described as “a friend of mine.” The two leaders appeared together at a rally in Houston last year. Trump’s visit to India comes as the two countries continue to deepen their security cooperation but face stubborn tensions over trade.
Before leaving for India, Trump told reporters the trip would be “very exciting,” and the “biggest event” India has ever held.
Here are the latest developments:
● Thousands of people lined the streets of Ahmedabad, the largest city in the state of Gujarat, to welcome Trump. Trump had said earlier that as many as 10 million people would be there to greet him. Preparations included building a wall to hide a slum along his route.
● Before the rally, Trump visited an ashram on the banks of the Sabarmati River where Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, India’s revered independence leader, lived for 13 years.
● Trump and Modi lavished praise on each other during a joint rally at the world’s largest cricket stadium. Modi welcomed Trump to the world’s biggest democracy while Trump touted a $3 billion defense deal and spoke of the close ties between the two countries.