Trump didn’t use his official podium at ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event; here’s what it signifies

Trump didn’t use his official podium at ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event; here’s what it signifies

Notably, the friendship between Modi and Trump was on full display at the event.

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US President Donald Trump speaks at a rally attended by PM Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium after a rally on September 22, 2019, in Houston, Texas.

Updated: Sep 23, 2019, 08:34 AM IST

Did you notice that during his address at the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event in Houston, Texas on Sunday, US President Donald Trump, after a long time, did not use his official podium? Instead, he had used the one that had India and USA flags. This signal is considerably big, illustrating the importance that the POTUS accords to India. It is also indicative of a welcoming gesture towards the contributions of the Indian Diaspora in the United States.

The President’s warm and greeting gesture of coming all the way from Washington and sitting throughout the Prime Minister’s speech and then the victory lap of the stadium, hand in hand, with the visiting dignitary, showed his personal commitment to India-USA ties.

Notably, the friendship between Modi and Trump was on full display at the event. In a never-seen-before display of camaraderie, the two leaders held hands and took a lap around the NRG Stadium after the two leaders addressed the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event.

Prime Minister also took the occasion to vouch for Trump ahead of 2020 presidential electionsModi, in his style, vouched for Trump ahead of 2020 presidential polls, saying “Ab ki Baar Trump Sarkar” – modifying the ‘Ab ki Baar Modi Sarkar’ slogan coined for the 2014 BJP election campaign.

The two leaders also echoed similar sentiments on various issues, including terrorism, trade and defence.

(With ANI inputs)