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Trump India visit: President and Melania head out for two-day

President Donald Trump is kicking off his maiden trip to India Monday with a scene more familiar to his American supporters at home a massive political rally.

Trump was scheduled to arrive Monday morning in Ahmedabad, the largest city in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, where he is set to inaugurate the world’s largest cricket stadium. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the “Namaste Trump” event, which will mirror last fall’s Texas “Howdy Modi” rally that drew 50,000 Indian-Americans to greet the Indian prime minister.  

The president and First Lady Melania Trump are expected to be feted in a whirlwind, two-day diplomatic spectacle aimed at highlighting U.S.-Indian relations amid escalating trade frictions between the two countries. But beyond the pomp and circumstance, even a limited trade announcement appears unlikely.

Talks ahead of the president’s visit soured over India’s protectionist policies and a scope of differences including e-commerce and digital trade, according to a senior administration official briefing reporters ahead of the trip. The president has also downplayed the prospect of a deal, suggesting it may come after the Nov. 3 election.

(Source: usatoday)