Trump Returns From India, But With Some Rewards Yet to Come

The president stayed on script on a visit that was designed to accentuate the positive and personal dimensions of the U.S.-India relationship.

Trump Returns From India, But With Some Rewards Yet to Come

U.S. President Donald Trump has wrapped up a spectacle-filled visit to India, where he was greeted by massive crowds in a “Namaste Trump” event, took in the grandeur of the Taj Mahal and declared U.S.-India relations to be “stronger than ever before.”

The president stayed on script on a visit that was designed to accentuate the positive and personal dimensions of the U.S.-India relationship.

“We’ll always remember that magnificent welcome the citizens of your home state showed us upon arrival,” Trump said to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling it a “profound expression of strength and of real love.”

The visit was marred, however, by violent street protests of rival Hindu and Muslim groups demonstrating over a new citizenship law that led to the deaths of at least 10 people in two days of clashes, the Associated Press reported. Another 186 people were injured, including police and protesters.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands before their meeting at Hyderabad House,…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands before their meeting at Hyderabad House, Feb. 25, 2020, in New Delhi, India.

India's capital has been rocked by violence and demonstrations since parliament approved a new citizenship law in December that would allow a speedy naturalization process for many foreign-born religious minorities but not Muslims. Trump said he was aware of the protests but did not discuss it with Modi.

"I don't want to discuss that," Trump told reporters. "I want to leave that to India and hopefully they're going to make the right decision for the people."

during Trump's visit, the two countries did not manage to bridge differences over a bilateral trade deal, but observers said the president benefited from 100,000 people of an important country cheering for him, on his first major foreign trips since being acquitted of impeachment charges in the U.S.

The visit “is an answer to critics who accuse him of diminishing America’s power and prestige abroad,” Thomas Schwartz, a historian of U.S. foreign relations at Vanderbilt University, said.

“It also does not hurt that this is a non-white country,” Schwartz said.

A video by a self-proclaimed fan “to celebrate Trump’s India visit” went viral after a retweet by the president. The meme shows Trump on a horse leading an army, wielding a sword and killing enemies.

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

Look so forward to being with my great friends in INDIA! https://twitter.com/solmemes1/status/1231326273894526976 …

Sol ????@Solmemes1

To celebrate Trump's visit to India I wanted to make a video to show how in my warped mind it will go......

USA and India united!