About 50,000 Indian Americans attended the Howdy Modi! rally in Houston on Sunday, Sept. 22, waiting for the historic occasion when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump would come on stage.

President Trump retweeted the clip of the representative of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, adding “Incredible”

Deafening drums marked the entrance of Trump and Modi as they clasped hands and walked across the stage in a packed Texas stadium, sending a message of unity between the world’s two largest democracies.

Modi took the stage to introduce Trump as “my friend, a friend of India, a great American president.”

“When I met him for the first time, he said to me ‘India has a true friend in the White House,’” Modi said. “Mr. President, this morning in Houston, you can hear the heartbeat of this great partnership in this celebration of the world’s two largest democracies.”

The India leader also shared a tweet, saying “Thank you Houston for such amazing affection!”

President Trump said in the remarks, ““Prime Minister Modi and I have come to Houston to celebrate everything that unites America and India: our ‘shared dreams and bright futures.’ I have also come to express my profound gratitude to the nearly 4 million amazing Indian Americans all across our country.”

“The ties between our two nations are grounded in our common values and our shared commitment to DEMOCRACY. We are free nations, with great faith, and a fierce devotion to our national independence,”  he continued.

“Indian Americans are pioneering groundbreaking medicines to save countless lives, they’re developing revolutionary technology that is changing the world, and they’re founding new businesses that provide jobs to thousands of our fellow citizens,” he added.

Participants stood up and applauded when the president said, “We stand proudly in defense of liberty and we are committed to protecting innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.”

The United States and India are discussing ways to negotiate at least a partial trade deal, which would let the president score a victory as he campaigns for re-election in November 2020.

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