In Delhi, government sources said that while a major trade agreement seems unlikely during Trump's visit on February 24-25, India is likely to sign a deal to buy 24 multi-role anti-submarine helicopters from American defence giant Lockheed Martin. "I hope you all enjoy it", Mr Trump had said recently.
More than just exciting, the visit to Ahmedabad appears to be a well-calculated ploy by Trump to woo Indian-American voters in the U.S. "Trump wants to mobilize Indian-Americans for the November election", Jha said, observing that Indians from Gujarat are "very moneyed people" in the U.S. and Trump is trying to reach out to them.
Unlike the "Howdy Modi" event held in Houston last September, no opposition leader has been invited to the "Namaste Trump" event yet. "They give us tariffs, one of the highest is India".
He also suggested, however, that the president's trip to India will not result in a big trade deal, though it is a good first step in a positive direction for the two countries.
Sharma also lamented the contrast between the simplicity and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and the government's extravaganza over Trump's visit.
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The "Namaste Trump" event to honour the US President is scheduled to take take place at the Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad. "I am getting spoiled", Trump said. We do not become active party in the elections in another country. "So, we'll see what happens", he said.
"Well, we can have a trade deal with India, but I'm really saving the big deal for later on", Trump told reporters in Washington.
"The USA is India's largest trading partner in goods and services and it is growing at a healthy pace". It marks the first official state visit of Trump to India since taking office in 2017.
India's trade with the US now resembles, in terms of volume, America's trade with South Korea (USD 167 billion in 2018) or France (USD 129 billion), according to Council on Foreign Relations. I said, "But, you know, you have 1.5 billion people. They say anywhere from six to 10 million people are going to be showing up along the route to one of the largest stadiums in the world, the largest cricket stadium in the world, which is brand new and lovely", said Trump, who is seeking re-election in the November presidential polls. It is reported that a whopping Rs 120 crore is being spent for a 3-hour visit of Trump to Ahmedabad. The DRDO counter drone system was first deployed to provide security cover to the Republic Day Parade this year which was attended by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with other dignitaries. Here " s my problem, we have a packed house. We are not in a hurry to rush into a trade deal that has potential implications on people's lives and also has a long-term impact. It " s going to look like peanuts from now on", he said. "How can we be satisfied if we fill a stadium of only 60,000 people?" he continued. I am getting spoiled?
While a majority of the residents near the stadium have been asked not to use the road unless it is absolutely necessary, Tomar said people will be allowed to move in and out of housing colonies in case of an emergency situation.