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Trump on way to India with great expectations

IANS | February 23, 2020 09:58 PM

NEW YORK: President Donald Trump left for India on Sunday with great expectations of a record reception.

He told reporters before leaving leaving the White House, "I hear it's going to be a big event. Some people say the biggest event they've ever had in India. That's what the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) told me, this will be the biggest event they've ever had."

At the Joint Base Andrews, he boarded the Air Force One at about 10 a.m. local time (8.30 p.m. Indian Standard Time) for take-off to Ramstein Air Base in Germany from where he will head to Ahmedabad after a scheduled 90-minute stopover.

Trump is scheduled to arrive in India on Monday.

He had earlier tweeted, "Look so forward to being with my great friends in INDIA!"

Trump, who had last visited India in 2014 as a real estate businessman, returns as President this time.

He and First Lady Melania Trump are accompanied by a 12-member official delegation that includes his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who hold the title of senior adviser to the president.

The visit, 19 days after his acquittal on impeachment charges by the Senate and the earlier controversy over a standoff with Teheran following the killing of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani with is Trump's first foray abroad and is an attempt to position himself as a statesman admired by millions.

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