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Highlights: After Ahmedabad, Agra, Prez Trump in Delhi for 3rd leg of visit

Trump's India Visit Highlights: US president Donald Trump addressed the 'Namaste Trump' event in Ahmedabad's Motera sta stadium, visited Taj Mahal in Agra before leaving for New Delhi on the first day of his India visit.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Feb 24, 2020 22:21 IST
Highlights: After Ahmedabad, Agra, Prez Trump in Delhi for 3rd leg of visit
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Air Force Station, Palam in New Delhi, Feb 24, 2020.

United States president Donald Trump began his maiden two-day India visit on Monday. Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration, arrived in Ahmedabad around 11.40 am for the first-leg of his trip.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the US president at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad. The leaders then participated in ‘Namaste Trump’ rally at the Motera Stadium.


After attending the rally, Trump flew to Agra where he and the First Lady Melania Trump spent about an hour at the Taj Mahal before sunset. The delegation arrived in Delhi in the evening where Trump and PM Modi will hold talks on Tuesday.

12:03 PM IST

PM Modi receives Donald Trump, First Lady at Ahmedabad airport

PM Modi received US president Donald Trump with a warm hug. The Prime Minister , who reached Ahmedabad over an hour before Trump did, was present at the airport to welcome the US president at the airport.

11:55 AM IST

Trump lands in Ahmedabad; Sabarmati Ashram next stop

The Air Force One plane carrying Trump and his wife Melania landed at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport here at 11.37 am, officials said.


In Ahmedabad, Trump will visit Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram, take part in a roadshow with Modi and jointly address over one lakh people at Motera cricket stadium, before heading for Agra to see the iconic Taj Mahal with Melania.

11:43 AM IST

Donald Trump, on first state visit to India, lands in Ahmedabad

Donald Trump, who is on a first state visit to India, has landed in Ahmedabad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport to receive the US President.


Donald Trump in accompanied by first lady Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration.

11:36 AM IST

Atithi Devo Bhava’: PM Modi responds to Trump’s Hindi tweet on India visit

PM Modi, responding to Donald Trump's Hindi tweet, tweeted, "Atithi Devo Bhava".


Earlier in the day, Trump, who is enroute India aboard an Air Force Once aircraft, had tweeted, “We are eager to reach India. We are on the way and will meet everyone in a few hours,” Trump tweeted in Hindi shortly before Air Force is scheduled to land in Ahmedabad where he has a packed schedule.

11:32 AM IST

Donald Trump's India itinerary

Donald Trump will begin his first India on Monday. Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration, will arrive in Ahmedabad a little before noon for the first-leg of his trip.


Here's Donald Trump's India itinerary:

11:40 am: The US President and the First Lady Arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

12:00 pm: The US President and the First Lady depart Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport en route to Gandhi Ashram

12:10 pm: The US President and the First Lady visit Gandhi Ashram

12:30pm: The US President and the First Lady depart Gandhi Ashram en route to Motera Stadium

12:50pm: The US President and the First Lady arrive at Motera Stadium

1:15pm: The US President delivers remarks at a Namaste Trump Rally

2:30pm: The US President and the First Lady depart Motera Stadium en route to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

2:50pm: The US President and the First Lady arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

3:00pm: The US President and the First Lady depart Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport en route to Agra, India

4:15pm: The US President and the First Lady arrive at Agra Air Base

4:25pm: The US President and the First Lady depart Agra Air Base en route to the Taj Mahal

4:50pm: The US President and the First Lady arrive at the Taj Mahal

5:00pm: The US President and the First Lady tour the Taj Mahal

6:20pm: The US President and the First Lady depart the Taj Mahal en route to Agra Air Base

6:45pm: The US President and the First Lady arrive at Agra Air Base

6:55pm: The US President and the First Lady depart Agra, India, en route to New Delhi, India

7:40pm: The US President and the First Lady arrive at Palam Air Force Base

7:50pm: The US President and the First Lady depart Palam Air Force Base en route to the RON

8:00pm: The US President and the First Lady arrive at the RON Location

11:07 AM IST

Crowds gather to greet Trump before he lands in India

The Motera stadium has started to fill up ahead of the US President’s first visit to India. People, wearing Modi masks and wearing white caps with Indian and US flags, were heard chanting slogans like ‘Modi hai to mumkin hai’, ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.


Trump will land in Ahmedabad, a little before noon. A road show and a huge reception is planned in a 110,000-seat cricket stadium Motera.

10:52 AM IST

Ahead of Trump's visit, foreign secretary reviews arrangement at 'Namaste Trump' venue

Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla reviewed arrangements at the Motera stadium - 'Namaste Trump' venue - Ahmedabad.


"Great work by Gujarat Govt and all the organisers," said Shringla after reviewing the arrangements.


After landing in Ahmedabad and visiting Sabarmati Ashram, Trump will leave in his motorcade for the Motera Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium. As his motorcade makes its way along a 22km route, it will pass 28 stages featuring artistes from as many states and exhibits depicting different aspects of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and struggle for the country’s independence.

<p>Ahead of Trump's visit, foreign secretary reviews arrangement at 'Namaste Trump' venue</p>
10:46 AM IST

Agra decks up to greet US President Trump

Massive billboards have been put up and roundabouts decked up with American and Indian flags to welcome US President Donald Trump in Agra on Monday. The authorities at Archaeological Survey of India had even dates” for mud-pack treatment for the graves of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and wife Mumtaz Mahal at Taj Mahal ahead of the visit by the US president.

<p>Agra decks up to greet US President Trump</p>
A gardener waters flower plants inside the historic Taj Mahal premises, where US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are expected to visit, in Agra,
10:33 AM IST

PM Modi lands in Ahmedabad

PM Modi has landed in Ahmedabad. The prime minister will be receiving US President Trump at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad.


"India looks forward to welcoming him and other distinguished guests from the USA," said the prime minister's office in a tweet.

10:24 AM IST

'Will meet all in a few hours': Trump, enroute India, tweets in Hindi

Donald Trump, who is enroute India aboard Air Force One, tweeted in Hindi, saying the delegation is "eager for India touchdown" and "will meet everyone in a few hours".

10:05 AM IST

Trump visit won't make an iota of difference to Indians: Sena

The Shiv Sena on Monday criticised Donald Trump’s two-day India visit, saying it “won’t make an iota of difference in the lives of poor and middle-class Indians”.

"There won't be an iota of difference in the lives of the poor and middle-class people in India due to Trump's visit. Then where is the question of people being appreciative or enthusiastic of his tour," said an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana.

09:55 AM IST

Air Force One: All you need to know about Trump's flying White House

The US president’s delegation are onboard the Air Force One, the highly customised Boeing 747-200B series aircraft which symbolises the US presidency.


The aircraft was once a Boeing 707 that had orange above and below the nose and “United States of America” painted on the sides in blocky, all-caps lettering.

<p>Air Force One: All you need to know about Trump's flying White House</p>
Air Force One departs Daytona Beach International Airport prior to the Daytona 500 on February 16.
09:32 AM IST

Hoardings of Trumps, PM Modi put up in Delhi

Hoardings of US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been put up in Delhi. The US President and the First Lady will arrive in the national capital later today after visiting Ahmedabad and Agra.

<p>Hoardings of Trumps, PM Modi put up in Delhi</p>
09:20 AM IST

PM Modi leaves for Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for Ahmedabad, where he will hold a roadshow along with the US President and participate in 'Namaste Trump' event at the Motera Stadium today.

09:09 AM IST

Security tightened outside Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad ahead of Trump's visit

Security has been tightened outside Ahmedabad's Motera stadium, ahead of Donald Trump's visit. Chetak Commando of Gujarat Police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed for security at the road near the Stadium.


The US president will participate in 'Namaste Trump' rally with PM Modi at the Motera stadium.

<p>Security tightened outside Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad ahead of Trump's visit</p>

First published: Feb 24, 2020 08:36 IST