Donald Trump put out a second tweet in Hindi shortly after he addressed a packed stadium in Ahmedabad, saying the US President and First Lady Melania Trump travelled to all the away to India to deliver a special message to Indians. In his address, he had described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his special friend and quipped: “He is a great leader. Everybody loves him, but he’s very tough.”
“The First Lady and I travelled 8,000 miles around the world to deliver a message to every citizen of this country. America loves India, America respects India and America’s people will always remain loyal friends with India’s people,” Mr Trump tweeted in Hindi.
Here’s the Hindi text of Mr Trump’s tweet: “”Pratham Mahila (First Lady) aur main iss desh ke har nagarik ko ek Sandesh dene ke liye duniya ka 8,000 miles ka chakkar laga kar aaya hai. Amercai Bharat kop rem karta hai – America Bharat ko sammaan karta hai – aur America ke log hamesha Bharat ke logo ke sacche aur nishtavan dost rahenge.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2020
On his way to Ahmedabad too, Mr Trump had tweeted in Hindi, a first for the President who is fond of tweeting. “We are eager to visit India. We are on our way, will see you all in a few hours,” said his tweet in Hindi script.
PM Modi reciprocated in Hindi, tweeting the Sanskrit phrase: “Atithi Devo Bhava (guest is god)”.
Donald Trump and his family arrived a little before noon in Ahmedabad in PM Modi’s home state Gujarat. PM Modi received Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump outside the presidential jet Air Force One, and hugged the American president. On the first day of his 36-hour visit, President Trump spent most of the day in Gujarat’s largest city with Prime Minister Modi.
Speaking at the “Namaste Trump” event, Mr Trump called PM Modi a “tough negotiator” as he talked about a “fantastic trade deal” between the two countries. The statement came against the backdrop of tense talks over trade between India and the US.