tv President Trump Delivers Remarks at Rally in India CSPAN February 25, 2020 2:09am-3:04am EST
♪ the south carolina primary is saturday. join us to hear the candidates reaction to the results. live coverage saturday evening on c-span, on demand at c-span.org or listen live on the freeseas and radio app. >> president trump is overseas and india where earlier today, he addressed a large crowd gathered at the world's largest cricket stadium. the event included india's prime minister, modi. >>, ladies and gentlemen, we
"modi"]d chanting [cheers and applause] p.m. modi: [speaking foreign language] translator: long live india. long live india. long live india. namaste trump. namaste trump. namaste trump. i would say india-u.s. friendship, you will say long live come along live. india-usa friendship, india-u.s. friendship. india-u.s. friendship.
namaste. today, a new history is being created at the stadium. today, we are also seeing history being repeated. five months ago, i began my visit to america with the howdy modi event in houston. and today, my friend, president donald trump is beginning his historic trip to india in ahmedabad with namaste trump.
you can imagine he has come directly here from america. as soon as he landed in india after such a long journey, president trump and his family went straight to the -- and after that, they have come here for this program. welcome to all of you to the world's biggest democracy. we are gathered here but the enthusiasm to welcome you is shared by all of india. this enthusiasm, these loud
cheers that the skies resound with, this whole atmosphere, from the airport to the stadium, everywhere, colors and more colors, the very colors of india's diversity. and in the midst of all this, the president -- president trump, first lady melania trump, ivanka and jared, the presence of president trump here with his family imparts a new sweetness and closeness of family ties to relations between india and the united states. india-u.s. relations are no
longer just another partnership. it is a far greater and closer relationship. the villas at is called namaste trump. namaste also has a very deep meaning. it is a word from one of the world's oldest languages, send script. -- sam script. it signifies that we bow not just to the individual, but also to the divinity within the person.
significance in the story of india's independence. you are in an india that is full of diversity, where hundreds of languages are spoken, and where there are hundreds of kinds of attire, several kinds of cuisine, several religions and communities. this rich diversity of ours, unity and diversity, and the vibrancy of unity is a very strong foundation for the relations between india and one is the land of the free, the other believes the whole world is but one family. one has pride in its statue of liberty. the other takes pride in the world's tallest statue, the statue of unity. there is so much that we share. shared values and ideas, a shared spirit of enterprise and
innovation, shared opportunities and challenges, shared hope and aspirations. i'm very happy that president -- i'm very happy that under the ,eadership of president trump friendship between india and the united states has further deepened, and that is why this visit by president trump marks a new chapter in our relations. a chapter which will create a new era of progress and prosperity for the people of the united states and india. friends, president trump thinks
big and what he has done for realizing the american dream is well known. today, we warmly welcome the trump family. first lady melania trump, your presence here is a great honor for us. your efforts for a healthy and happy america are yielding good results. what you are doing for children in your society is praiseworthy. we often say the best, and the
best is the reception by the people has strived to be, you would have felt it too. ivanka, you visited india two years ago. you had told me then that you would like to visit india again. i'm very happy that you are with us today. you are very welcome. jared, you are known to stay away from the limelight, yet, what you do is very effective and has a far-reaching impact. whenever we meet, you often mention your indian friends.
i'm very happy to meet you again and to see you here amongst us. friends, today, along with every indian and american, the entire world is keen to hear president trump speak at this event. after his address, i will have the opportunity to say a few more words when i thank him. on behalf of 1.3 billion indians, i invite president trump to address us. friends, i present to you my friend, india's friend, the president of the united states
profound gratitude to an exceptional leader, a great champion of india, a man who works night and day for his country, and a man i am proud to call my true friend, prime minister modi. [cheers and applause] the first lady and i have just traveled 8,000 miles around the globe to deliver a message to every citizen across this nation -- america loves india, america respects india, and america will always be faithful and loyal friends to the indian people. [cheers and applause] five months ago, the united states welcomed your great prime minister at a giant football stadium in texas, and today, india welcomes us at the world's largest cricket stadium right here in ahmedabad. [cheers and applause]
it is a profound honor to be the beautiful new stadium, to be here with you -- motera stadium. so beautiful. and joined by so many distinguished guests from all across your nation and all across the world. to the hundreds of thousands of everyday citizens who have come out and lined the streets in a stunning display of indian culture and kindness, and to the 125,000 people in this great stadium today -- thank you for the spectacular welcome to your magnificent country. you have done a great honor to the american people. melania, my family, we will always remember this remarkable hospitality. we will remember it forever. [cheers and applause] from this day on, india will always hold a very special place
in our hearts. [cheers and applause] the life of prime minister modi underscores the limitless promise of this great nation. he started out by his father's side as a chaiwalla -- a tea seller. when he was a young man, he worked at a cafeteria in this city. [crowd chanting "modi"] stand up. everybody loves him, but i will tell you this, he's very tough. today, prime minister modi is the tremendously successful leader of this vast indian republic.
last year, more than 600 million people went to the polls and gave him a landslide victory like no other in the largest democratic election ever held anywhere on the face of the earth. prime minister modi, you are not just the pride of gujarat -- you are living proof that with hard work and devotion, indians can accomplish anything, anything at all, anything they want. [cheers and applause] the prime minister has a moving story of an incredible rise, and so does this entire nation. your nation is doing so well. we are very, very proud of india. [cheers and applause]
the story of the indian nation is a tale of astounding progress, a miracle of democracy, extraordinary diversity, and above all, a strong and noble people. india gives hope to all of humanity. in just 70 years, india has become an economic giant, the largest democracy ever to exist, and one of the most amazing nations anywhere in the world. [cheers and applause] since the turn of the century, india's economy has grown more
than six times in size. in a single decade, india has lifted over 270 million people out of poverty. under prime minister modi, for the first time in history, every village in india now has access to electricity. [cheers and applause] 320 million people -- more indians -- are right now connected to the internet. [cheers and applause] the pace of highway construction has more than doubled. over 70 million more households -- think of this -- 70 million more households have access to cooking fuel, 600 million more people have access to basic sanitation, and, incredibly, 12 indian citizens are lifted out of extreme poverty every single minute of every single day. [cheers and applause]
india will soon be the home of the biggest middle class anywhere in the world. and within less than 10 years, extreme poverty in your country is projected to completely disappear. the potential for india is absolutely incredible. india's rise as a prosperous and independent nation is an example to every nation all over the world and one of the most outstanding achievements of our century. it is 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, and you have done it as a great free country. [cheers and applause] there is all the difference in the world between a nation that seeks power through coercion, intimidation, and aggression, and a nation that rises by setting its people free and unleashing them to chase their dreams.
and that is india. [cheers and applause] this is why india's accomplishment over the last 70 years is completely unrivaled no matter where you go. it is your faith in the strength of a free society, your confidence in your own people, your trust in your own citizens, and your respect for the dignity of every person that makes the united states and india such a natural, beautiful, enduring friendship. while our nations have many differences, they are both defined and propelled by a fundamental truth -- the truth that all of us are blessed with divine light, and every person is endowed with a sacred soul.
as the great religious teacher, swami vivekananda, once said, "the moment i stand in reverence before every human being and see god in him, that moment i am free." [cheers and applause] in america and in india, we know that we are all born for a higher purpose -- to reach toward our fullest potential, to work toward excellence and perfection, and to give all glory to god. powered by this spirit, indians and americans are always striving to be greater, our people are always seeking to be better, and so, our nations have become thriving centers of culture, and commerce, and civilization, giving light and vitality to all of the world. this is the country that produces nearly 2,000 movies a year from the hub of genius and creativity known as bollywood. [cheers and applause]
virat kohli. [cheers and applause] the greatest in the world. this is the country that built the tallest statue on the face of the earth to honor the namesake of this stadium, the great indian patriot and native of this state, sardar patel. [cheers and applause] india is the country where hundreds of millions of light candles to celebrate the triumph of good over evil at diwali. [cheers and applause] and it's where, just days from now, indians of all faiths will pour out onto the streets to celebrate the beautiful festival of holi. [cheers and applause]
india is a country that proudly embraces freedom, liberty, individual rights, the rule of law, and the dignity of every human being. your nation has always been admired around the earth as the place where millions upon millions of hindus and muslims and sikhs and jains, buddhists, christians, and jews worship side by side in harmony. where you speak more than 100 languages and come from more than two dozen states, yet you have always stood strong as one great indian nation. [cheers and applause] your unity is an inspiration to the world. in america, we have come to know the splendor of indian culture personally, through the 4 million indian-americans living in the united states as our wonderful friends, colleagues, and neighbors. they are truly spectacular people. indian americans enrich every aspect of our national life. they are titans of business, the biggest, the best, pioneers of science, masters of the art, and
innovation of technology like few people have been able to see no matter where you go anywhere in this universe. nearly one in four indian americans trace their roots right here in gujarat. [cheers and applause] gujarat is a special place. so on behalf of the entire american people, thank you, and thank you all for the
contributions your culture and traditions have made to my beloved country. [applause] americans are eager to strengthen these beautiful ties between our two people. this is truly an exciting time in the united states. our economy is booming like never before. our people are prospering, and spirits are soaring. there is tremendous love, tremendous like. we like and we love everybody. unemployment has hit historic lows, and small business confidence has hit an all-time record high in the history of our country. our military has been completely rebuilt. it is now stronger than ever before. and we are quickly revitalizing our alliances and friendships all around the world. we have spent $2.5 trillion on rebuilding our military. it's the most powerful military anywhere in the world by far. [cheers and applause] that is why i have come here to india in the spirit of fondness
and goodwill, to expand our cherished partnership of incredible power and potential. the first lady and i have just had a pleasure of visiting mahatma gandhi's ashram, a few miles from here, where he launched the famous salt march. and tomorrow in delhi, we will lay a wreath, plant a tree at raj ghat, in honor of this leader who is revered all around the world. and the first lady and i look forward to visiting one of your country's most iconic landmarks. we are later today going to see the majestic taj mahal. [cheers and applause] the prime minister and i will also continue our important discussions about how to deepen
the relationship between our two great countries. both of us understand that when leaders put the interests of their own citizens first, we can forge strong and fair partnerships to build a safer and more prosperous world. just months ago, this critical partnership took a major step forward when the u.s. military and your brave indian armed forces conducted the first-ever air, land, and sea military exercises between our two countries. it was something to behold. we called it "tiger triumph." [cheers and applause] as we continue to build our defense cooperation, the united states looks forward to providing india with some of the best and most feared military equipment on the planet. we make the greatest weapons ever made -- airplanes, missiles, rockets, ships. we make the best. and we're dealing now with india. but this includes advanced air defense systems and armed and
unarmed aerial vehicles. and i am pleased to announce that tomorrow, our representatives will sign deals to sell over $3 billion in the absolute finest, state-of-the-art military helicopters and other equipment to the indian armed forces. [cheers and applause] i believe that the united states should be india's premier defense partner, and that's the way it's working out. together, we will defend our sovereignty, security, and
protect a free and open indo-pacific region for our children and for many, many generations to come. the united states and india are also firmly united in our ironclad resolve to defend our citizens from the threat of radical islamic terrorism. [cheers and applause] both of our countries have been hurt by the pain and turmoil of terrorism and what terrorism brings. under my administration, we unleashed the full power of the american military on bloodthirsty killers of isis in iraq and in syria. today, the isis territorial caliphate has been 100% destroyed. and the monster known as al-baghdadi, the founder and leader of isis, is dead. [cheers and applause]
in the united states, we have also made clear that while our country will always welcome newcomers who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorists and terrorism and to any form of extremism. that is why we have taken historic steps to improve screening and vetting of applications for entry, and we are working to ensure that anyone who threatens the security of our citizens is denied admission and will pay a very, very big, costly price. [cheers and applause] every nation has the right to secure and controlled borders. the united states and india are committed to working together to
stop terrorists and to fight their ideology. [applause] for this reason, since taking office, my administration is working in a very positive way with pakistan to crack down on the terrorist organizations and militants that operate on the pakistani border. [cheers and applause] our relationship with pakistan is a very good one. thanks to these efforts, we are beginning to see signs of big progress with pakistan. and we are hopeful for reduced tensions, greater stability, and the future of harmony for all of the nations of south asia. india has an important leadership role to play in shaping a better future as you
take on greater responsibility for solving problems and promoting peace throughout this incredible region. over the course of my visit, prime minister modi and i will also discuss our efforts to expand the economic ties between our two countries. we will be making very, very major -- among the biggest ever made -- trade deals. [cheers and applause] we are in the early stages of discussion for an incredible trade agreement to reduce barriers of investment between the united states and india. and i am optimistic that, working together, the prime minister and i can reach a fantastic deal that's good and even great for both of our countries. [cheers and applause] except that he's a very tough negotiator. [laughter] since my inauguration, commerce between our two nations has increased by more than 40%. india is now a major market for american exports, and the united states is india's largest export market. [cheers and applause] a booming america is great thing for india and it's great for the
world. and that's why we're so happy to announce that we have the greatest economy ever in the history of the united states. in america, we have proven that the best way to attract jobs and opportunity is to reduce burdens on business, knock down barriers to new investment, and eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy, red tape, regulation, and taxes. prime minister modi has already made significant reforms here in your country, as you very well know. the world looks forward to even more rapid improvement to india's business climate under his leadership. he wants to do it, and he's doing it at a record pace.
two years ago, prime minister modi warmly welcomed my daughter ivanka to the global entrepreneurship summit in hyderabad. and she is back with us today. ivanka, thank you. thank you for being here, honey. [cheers and applause] we are delighted to be joined as well by dozens of indian women entrepreneurs who are helping to build your nation's future. they are great and natural entrepreneurs. and i just say to the men, be very careful. they're really good. the united states and india are also working closely together on the future of space exploration. you are making impressive strides with your lunar program. [cheers and applause] it is moving along rapidly, far ahead of schedule, and america looks forward to expanding our space cooperation with india as you push even further. you are pushing the limits -- and that's a great thing --
including in realm of human spaceflight. the united states and india will be friends and partners on our voyage into the stars and into space. it is truly extraordinary what this nation has achieved in the span of just one lifetime. and what they have done under the leadership of prime minister modi, it is absolutely incredible. mr. prime minister, congratulations. [cheers and applause] you have come so far, but it is nothing compared to how far india will go into the future. and the prime minister is laying the foundations for a future like few other countries can even think of. this nation is blessed with many treasures. to the golden temple -- it is the home to some of the most cherished cultural heritage anywhere on earth. it is also a land of stunning vistas and astonishing natural -- astounding natural wonders, from the rugged peaks of the himalayas to the splendid shores of goa. and india has always been a wellspring of deep wisdom and
great ideas -- from the vedas and the ancient epics, all the way up to the modern india nation. but standing before all of you today, i know that true strength of india is not found in its textbooks, its landmarks or its landscapes. the true strength of india is found in 125,000 beating hearts in this stadium and the millions and millions of people who have seen and witnessed our great friendship and admiration today. it is all found in the soul and
the spirit of the indian people. your courage won and secured this nation's independence. your devotion built this great and enduring democracy. and it is your dreams that will power this country to a future -- even greater progress, prosperity, equality, and opportunity for every citizen across your land. so today i say to every indian -- north and south, hindu and muslim, jewish and christian, rich and poor, young and old -- take pride in the glories of your past, unite for an even brighter future, and let our two nations always stand together as powerful defenders of peace and liberty, and the hope of a better world for all of humanity. thank you again, prime minister modi, for your hospitality. and thank you, india, for this phenomenal welcome. i want to just leave by saying, god bless india. god bless the united states of america. we love you. we love you, india, very much. thank you. thank you. [cheers and applause]
about gandhi. the way you spoke about the abilities, cultural's and abilities of india. the kind words you used about me. president trump has not only honored us, but also indians living in the united states. mr. president displays indians today is -- some of the old facilities are still under construction. however, despite all that, your
presence here today -- each and every person involved in the world of sport. i would also like to express my deeper felt gratitude to the association for providing this spectacular venue. this may have affected the completion schedule. but i'm sure that they will make up for it. friends, the message for a relationship between two individuals or two countries is trust, faith in each other. in india, it is also said [speaking foreign language]
in other words, friendship is there, trust is unshakable. in the last few years, the way trust has grown and strengthened between india and the united states, to reach new heights is truly historic. during my own visit to the united states, i saw trust being reinforced every single day. i remember when i first met president trump in washington, he had said, india has a true friend in the white house. president trump's special love for india has always been evident. as you also mentioned, when the festival of lights is celebrated in the white house, 4 million indians who live in the united states feel a sense of pride in being co-travelers in america's
journey of prosperity and progress. friends, like in the united states, there is unprecedented in patients for change in india. today, 1.3 billion indians are building a new india. our youth has many aspirations. setting ambitious goals and then achieving them is becoming the hallmark of new india today. today, there is not just the world's largest cricket stadium in india, it also has the largest health insurance scheme
in the world. today, india is not just building the largest solar park of the world, it is also operating the largest program in the world. today, india has set the world record of not just the largest number of satellites launched in one goal, it has set the world record in rapid financial inclusion. in the 21st century, whether it is infrastructure or the social sector, we are using global benchmarks to move forward. in the last three years, india has not just done away with 1500 old laws, it has also asked many new ones to empower society. whether it is the right of genders, respect for muslim women, giving parity to the differently abled, providing for
26 weeks of paid leave for women, there are many such things that we have ensured for different sections of society. friends, i'm very happy that in this context of many positive changes in india, the u.s. has become its trusted partner. today, it is the united states that is india's largest trading partner. today, it is with the united states but india is organizing the largest number of military exercises. today, it is with the united states that india has the most extensive research and development partnership. today, whether it is defense, the energy sector, health, and every single field, our relationship has been continuously growing. friends, during this decade of the 21st century, new india also
brings with it many new opportunities for resurgence in america. both our countries can gain a lot in every area of development. the growth of manufacturing in india, the expansion of its infrastructure will create new opportunities for the united states. in this age of industry, four point zero, the expansion of india's digital economy, will also create multiple opportunities for investment for the united states. mr. president, in the last few
decades, digital technologies have played an important role in shaping the relations between india and the united states. indian talent and american technology have given a new leadership to the sector. and i believe that in the 21st century, india and the united states can together provide leadership to this digital age, to industry 4.0. friends, in the 21st century, new alignments, new competition, new challenges and new opportunities are laying the foundation for change. at such a time, the relations and cooperation between india and the united states will play a very important role in determining the direction the world takes in the 21st century. i believe very strongly that india and the united states are natural partners. we can make an effective contribution to peace, progress,
and security, not just in the indo-pacific region, but in the entire world. the commitment of america and the leadership of president trump in defeating it has been the human service to the entire humanity. and therefore, i believe the visit of a distinguished leader and close friend of india like president trump to india in the beginning of this decade, it represents a great opportunity. the initiative that we have taken in recent times for strengthening india-u.s. relations will now enter the next phase. we are and fired by a long-term vision, not just by short-term considerations. our bilateral relations will grow. our economic partnership will grow. our digital cooperation will
grow. and i am confident that our trade and investment will grow, reaching new heights. the india and america together, we can fulfill our dreams. it is good fortune for me that president trump and his entire family are here and i've had the opportunity to welcome them once again by saying namaste trump. i would like to say once again, long live india, long live india. india-u.s. friendship, long live india-u.s. friendship. india-u.s. friendship. thank you very much. [cheers and applause]