Passage to India: Trump enjoys warm embrace, adulation
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Passage to India: Trump enjoys warm embrace, adulation

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President Donald Trump's packed two-day visit to India promises the kind of welcome that has eluded him on many foreign trips, some of which have featured massive protests and icy handshakes from world leaders.

Trump addressed the largest crowd of his political career Monday, celebrating the relationship between the world's oldest and largest democracies during a speech to a stadium crowd of more than 100,000.

Speaking in 86-degree heat in Ahmedabad, Trump avoided the more charged, controversial rhetoric that typically marks his rally speeches back home, but there was no absence of hyperbole as he and his host, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lavished praise on one another and offered unbridled optimism about a growing partnership and increased cooperation between the two nations.

"India's rise as a prosperous and independent nation is an example to every nation in the world and one of the most outstanding achievements of our century," Trump said. "It's all the more inspiring because you have done it as a democratic country. You have done it as a peaceful country. You have done it as a tolerant country."

Trump's rally — which, like his events back home, began with Elton John on the loudspeakers and ended with the Rolling Stones — was the first big show at the new open-air Motera Stadium, a newly constructed 110,000-seat cricket ground that India touts as the world's largest.

Photos: Trump addresses biggest crowd of his career in India

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