President Trump and First Lady Melania left Washington, D.C. this Sunday morning for a 2-day foreign trip to India where they are expected to arrive on Monday.  This will be his first trip and official state visit to the East Asian country as President since assuming office in 2017.  

The visit on February 24 and 25 is also Trump’s first foreign trip since his acquittal by the Senate in the impeachment trial earlier this month.  

Accompanied by the First Lady, President Trump’s first stop will be in Ahmedabad, the home state of Prime Minister Modi where it is expected he will receive resounding welcome.  

President Trump says something to the media as The First Couple depart for a foreign trip to India on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
The Trumps leave The White House to board Marine One for Joint Base Andrews where they will board Air Force One for India on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

To show-off his close relationship and friendship with the U.S. President, the Indian Prime Minister will be hosting, in reciprocity, a “Namaste, Trump!” rally, the equivalence of the “Howdy, Modi!” massive rally held in Houston, Texas,  last September.  The hugely successful event drew tens of thousands of Indian-Americans who attended the rally.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes President Trump around the RNG Stadium at the ‘Howdy Modi’ rally in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Credit: Reuters

The venue for the “Namaste, Trump!” rally is the newly renovated cricket stadium which will be officially opened by President Trump on Monday.  One of its kind, the cricket stadium is said to be the largest in the world and seats more than 100,000 fans.   

Local Riot Police stand guard outside cricket stadium in Ahmedabad set to be officially opened by President Trump on Monday. Credit: AP
A billboard announcing President Trump’s visit highlights the U.S-India relationship in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, ahead of the visit on Monday, February 24, 2020. Credit: Reuters
A soldier seats in a military van infant of a cut-out of President Trump and India Prime Minister ahead of the 2-day visit. Credit: Reuters

Later on Monday evening, the two leaders will head to New Delhi where business talks are expected to take place.  

During this important visit, the two countries are also expected to further strength their diplomatic, business and strategic partnerships, in what experts say is an indication of the growing ties between the India and the United States particularly under the Trump and Modi Administrations.   

The Presidential Palace where a State Dinner in honour of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Indian military at the Taj Mahal where First Lady Melania Trump may visit during the 2-day State Visit to India on February 24 and 25, 2020. Credit: Reuters

A State Dinner in honour of the visiting U.S. President, the First Lady and their entourage will be held on Tuesday at the Indian Presidential Palace or State House.   

To emphasis the growing relationship between the two countries ahead of the trip, the White House released a statement to that effect saying, “The relationship has further evolved under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, with significant progress in all areas including trade, defense, counter-terrorism, energy, coordination on regional and global issues as well as people-to-people ties.”

President Trump and his entourage will conclude their official state visit in India on Tuesday and will depart on Wednesday to return back to the United States.

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