Trump’s Royal Welcome in India

“America loves India, America respects India and America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the people of India.” — President Trump

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President Donald J. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walk together from Hyderabad House to deliver a joint press statement Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, on the lawn of Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Namaste, Trump!

U.S. President Donald Trump isn’t exactly a beloved figure in American politics, but he received a hero’s welcome in India this week.

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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, joined by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are welcomed by cultural performers after disembarking Air Force One Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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President Donald J. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walk along a cordon of cultural performers upon President Trump’s arrival Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shea Craighead)
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President Donald J. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduce members of their welcoming delegations, Including National Security Advisor Ambassador Robert O’Brien, Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner and Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump, upon President Trump’s arrival Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shea Craighead)
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President Donald J. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walk along a cordon of cultural performers upon President Trump’s arrival Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shea Craighead)
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President Donald J. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walk along a cordon of cultural performers upon President Trump’s arrival Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shea Craighead)
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Cultural performers and military personnel await to welcome Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump upon their arrival Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are cheered and welcomed by crowds Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, along the motorcade route in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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Crowds cheer and wave flags as the motorcade of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump passes by Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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President Donald J. Trump signs the guest book during his visit to the home of Mohandas Gandhi Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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President Donald J. Trump joins Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation during their visit to the home of Mohandas Gandhi Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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President Donald J. Trump joins Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation during their visit to the home of Mohandas Gandhi Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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President Donald J. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, participate in the placing of string on Gandhi’s home Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, joined by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visit the home of Mahatma Gandhi Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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President Donald J. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greet the crowd as they arrive to the Namaste Trump Rally Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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President Donald J. Trump, joined onstage by First Lady Melania Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, delivers remarks during the Namaste Trump Rally Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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President Donald J. Trump addresses his remarks at the Namaste Trump Rally Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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Guests cheer during the Namaste Trump Rally Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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Guests cheer during the Namaste Trump Rally Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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President Donald J. Trump addresses his remarks at the Namaste Trump Rally Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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Members of the U.S. delegation National Security Advisor Ambassador Robert O’Brien, Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner and Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump, stand together during the playing of the National Anthem at the Namaste Trump Rally Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump take in the view of the reflecting pool as they tour the Taj Mahal Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Agra, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump take in the view of the reflecting pool as they tour the Taj Mahal Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Agra, India. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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President Donald J. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are joined by their delegations during bilateral discussions Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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President Donald J. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace at the conclusion of their joint press statement Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, on the lawn of Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

“You have done a great honor to the American people. Melania, my family, we will always remember this remarkable hospitality.” — U.S. President Donald Trump

(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)

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