President Donald Trump addressed a large crowd on Monday in Gujarat, the home state of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
“Namaste,” he began to thunderous applause in the 110,000-seat cricket stadium, before going on to refer to several Indian icons, from history to cricket to Bollywood.
The NY Times notes that Trump “stumbled over several pronunciations, including those of Ahmedabad itself, as well as Gujarat, the state it anchors and Mr. Modi’s political home base.”
“Everybody loves him but I will tell you this, he is very tough,” Trump said of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “You are not just the pride of Gujarat, you are living proof that with hard work, Indians can accomplish anything they want.”
BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan reported that crowds began leaving midway through Trump’s speech, which came after Modi spoke.
“And although Mr. Trump said with satisfaction that 125,000 people had turned out to see him, more than one third of the crowd appeared to leave before the end of his nearly 30-minute remarks, and another third was gone by the time Mr. Modi spoke after him,” the NY Times reports.
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In New Delhi, dozens of supporters of the Communist Party of India carried a banner reading “Trump go back,” reports the AP.
Anti-Trump street demonstrations also broke out in the cities of Gauhati in the northeast, Kolkata in the east and Hyderabad in the south.
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