Great, now India can laugh at us as well.
Courtesy of the BBC:
In Gujarat’s Ahmedabad city, Mr. Trump addressed a huge crowd at the Motera cricket stadium.
“Namaste,” he began to thunderous applause, before going on to refer to several Indian icons, from history to cricket to Bollywood.
“India will always hold a very special place in our hearts,” he added.
He also had words of praise for Mr. Modi: “Everybody loves him but I will tell you this, he is very tough. You are not just the pride of Gujarat, you are living proof that with hard work, Indians can accomplish anything they want.”
However, he struggled to pronounce several Indian words – from Ahmedabad, the city where he was speaking, to Swami Vivekananda, an Indian philosopher, greatly admired by Mr Modi. He also called the Vedas – ancient Hindu texts – “Vestas”.
He ended his speech by saying: “God bless India, God bless the United States of America – we love you, we love you very much.” He spoke after Mr Modi, and crowds began leaving mid-way through the US president’s speech.
Of course they wandered off midway through the speech, that is the same reason I have to turn the channel after only two or three minutes of listening to his inane babble.
You may be wondering how Trump managed to draw such a huge crowd in the first place.
Well it was organized by the Prime Minister to feed his ego of course.
Courtesy of MSNBC:
When American presidents travel abroad, foreign officials have, for many years, made every effort to impress the Leader of the Free World. In many instances, this led foreign governments to try to arrange substantive policy breakthroughs important to the U.S. chief executive. In other cases, officials have arranged carefully planned visits to sites of cultural and historical significance. Some presidents like to deliver remarks to local students or conduct interviews with foreign journalists.
But with Donald Trump, those usual efforts won’t work — in large part because the Republican doesn’t have much of an interest in policy, culture, or history. And with this in mind, the New York Times reported on India’s approach to making the current American president happy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India opted to appeal to Mr. Trump’s first love — crowd size — as he stages a rally of more than 100,000 people in Ahmedabad on Monday after a drive in from the airport along roads where perhaps 100,000 more will line the motorcade route. The president will almost certainly not be greeted by the 10 million people he expects, but it will look like an enormous crowd nonetheless and, the Indians hope, satisfy his need for affirmation.
It’s worth pausing to appreciate how truly pitiful this makes Trump sound. There appears to be an international understanding that the current American president cares about spectacle and celebrations of himself, and so foreign officials have learned to appeal to his narcissism.
India also finally gave Trump his wall.
To hide the poor.
Courtesy of Time:
As President Donald Trump’s motorcade makes its way from the airport in the Indian city of Ahmedabad next week anticipating millions of cheering Indians waiting to greet him at a sprawling cricket stadium, there’ll be a few thousand locals hidden from view.
The city’s municipal corporation has built a four-foot-high wall to hide a stretch of slums on the American leader’s route.
So fake crowds to feed his ego and a wall to protect Trump from being exposed to the needy, I am sure he felt quite at home.