The president and first lady were greeted by huge crowds in India.
More than 110,000 cram into a stadium to welcome the Trumps.
Trump announces huge US-India arms deal featuring advanced helicopters.
Rally followed by visit to the Taj Mahal.
(NewsReady.com) – President Trump and First Lady Melania caused a sensation in India this week, as the president delivered a speech to a cheering crowd then visited the world-famous Taj Mahal. The theme of the visit has been building closer links between two of the world’s largest democracies and celebrating their shared ideals.
India Shows Their Love
The highlight of the day was a huge rally at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, where President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a crowd of around 110,000 people. Many more had turned out to catch a glimpse of the president – the way to the stadium was lined with huge crowds.
The stadium audience itself may have been the largest Trump has ever faced, and he was effusive in his gratitude for the friendly reception he received.
On the Agenda
Trump told the cheering audience that America will always be a friend to India and announced the sale of $3 billion worth of equipment to the Indian armed forces. That includes 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy transports, which will boost the capability of India’s forces against terrorists and external enemies.
Touching on some of those threats, the president said the US was working with Pakistan to eliminate the terrorists who operate in that country.
Since Pakistan split from India in 1947, it has attacked the country four times – and been defeated four times. Despite these defeats, Pakistan is still India’s most serious external threat, and US pressure is key to reducing the danger. Thousands of Indians have also been murdered by terrorists based in the Middle Eastern country.
Following the rally, the Trumps, accompanied by the president’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, visited the Taj Mahal. The iconic mausoleum is one of India’s most recognizable monuments and might have had special significance for the president – he once owned an Atlantic City hotel and casino called the Taj Mahal. This was his first visit to the historic original.
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