The U.S. president and his wife visited one of India’s most famous shrines to eternal love and were cheered on at a rally the country’s prime minister invited them to attend on Feb. 24.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made a rare trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra, 140 miles southeast of New Delhi.
The couple walked across the grounds for the first time and appreciated the mausoleum Emperor Shah Jahan had built in memory his wife Queen Begum Mumtaz Mahal back in the year 1632.
“The first lady and I have traveled around 8,000 miles around the world to give a message to every citizen of this country,” the president said on Twitter. “America loves India–America respects India–and People of America will always remain true and sincere friends of the people of India.”
Previous U.S. presidents have been rarely seen visiting sites of cultural significance during official international trips but the incumbent was willing to make an exception after having sold his very own Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which was inspired by the original iconic building, to Hard Rock International back in 2017.
Daughter Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner also made the official visit and took several photos in front of the building.
“That is why I have come to India, with goodwill and love so that we can symbolize our desire and expand our partnership and incredible,” President Trump said on Twitter.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited the family to attend one of his rallies at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, which was at capacity with more than 110,000 attendees. Several people could be seen waving U.S. flags while others wore traditional Indian folk costumes and carried drums and other musical instruments.
“Here is how the president of the United States was welcomed in Ahmedabad,” the prime minister said on Twitter. “During our first meeting at the White House, [President] Donald Trump told me that India has a friend in the White House, he was absolutely correct.”
At the rally the president announced a $3 billion cross border deal to send the latest military helicopters from the United States to India.
“Our two national constitutions both begin with the same three beautiful words: ‘We the people,'” the president said on Twitter. “That means that in America and India alike, we honor, respect, trust, empower, and fight for the citizens we proudly serve.”
America and India will strengthen their countries, enrich their people, make big dreamers bigger and make their future brighter than ever … and this is only the beginning is a translation of what President Trump said.
The White House confirmed trade between the two nations has increased significantly since President Trump was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2017.
“Commerce between the United States and India has increased by more than 40 percent since President DonaldTrump took office,” a White House representative said on Twitter. “India is now a major market for American exports—and the United States is India’s largest export market. A booming America is great for India and the world.”