Heavy security has been deployed in Ahmedabad, where President Trump will accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a unique 22-km long "Unity in Diversity" roadshow, culminating in the "Namaste Trump" event at the huge Motera cricket stadium.
Although small fry compared to his trade war with China, Trump in 2018 levelled tariffs on steel and aluminium from India - and elsewhere - and in June stripped India of its preferential trade status.
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Chinese authorities locked down Wuhan on January 23, a time when many experts said was too late to stem the spread of the disease. The US advised citizens to avoid travelling by cruise liner in Asia because it said the vessels acted as amplifiers of the virus.
"We do want to make sure that we get this balance right. We will install floral boards welcoming the dignitaries at prominent spots on the route the dignitaries will travel", a senior NDMC official said. The figure likely reflects a burgeoning trade spat that's erupted between Washington and New Delhi over the previous year, which has seen both nations slap new duties on each other's goods, and the U.S. even dropping India from its "Generalized System of Preferences", revoking a number of tariff exemptions.
From Ahmedabad, the Trump couple will leave for Agra the same day.
Trump is looking forward to visiting Gujarat, and said he has been told there will be seven million people on hand to greet him between the airport and the stadium.
"We are yet to receive any confirmation about the Presidents' plans regarding the Gandhi Ashram visit, but 99 per cent, it is scrapped", said a state government official.
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On Feb. 24, Trump will address the "Namaste [Hello] Trump" event with Modi at the new Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad - the world's largest with a seating capacity of over 100,000. So it's going to be very exciting.
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.
Twitterians have already started mock Prime Minister Modi, with memes and jokes for promising President Trump such an unrealistic crowd.
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Trump indicated that his visit will result in more products "proudly stamped with the handsome phrase Made in the USA". One of Trump's supporters from the audience then suggested that he build a bigger stadium.