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Donald Trump India visit day 2: As it happened

US President Donald Trump had arrived in India on Monday and the second day of his visit involved crucial talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump also sealed a $3 billion defence deals.

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New Delhi Updated on: February 26, 2020 1:10 IST

US President Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner and a host of senior officials of the US administration arrived in India on Monday. On the first day of their visit, POTUS and his family first paid a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi accompanied them. Thereafter, they stepped in the Motera Stadium, where they were welcomed with loud cheers and massive enthusiasm.

The second day of Trump's first state visit to India saw him indulge in crucial talks with PM Modi regarding the all-important Indo-US trade deal and setting a new course for the future relationship between the two countries. President Trump was also given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan after which the First Lady visited a government school in the national capital. 

Donald Trump India visit Day 2: Highlights

10:30 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump depart from Delhi following the conclusion of their two-day visit to India.

10:11 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump leave after attending dinner banquet hosted by the President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan. PM Narendra Modi also present.

08:40 pm: 

08:22 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, Telangana CM K. Chandrashekar Rao, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

08:20 pm: Music composer AR Rahman and chef Vikas Khanna present at the dinner banquet hosted by the President for the US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

08:18 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet PM Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and other Union Ministers, at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

08:12 pm: Coming to India tremendous learning experience: Trump said to President Kovind

08:11 pm: Lot of productive work has been done in last 2 days; we are working on major trade and military deals: US President Donald Trump

08:09 pm: India deeply committed to the strategic partnership with the US: President Kovind to Donald Trump

08:01 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner also present.

07:45 pm: US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan to attend a banquet hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind.

06:25 pm: We are being charged a large amount of tariffs... I think you have to pay the highest tariff when you deal with India, Harley-Davidson has to pay tremendous tariffs when they send motorcycles here and when India sends to us, there is virtually no tariff, says Trump

06:18 pm: US President Donald Trump addresses press conference in Delhi

06:17 pm: US has to be treated fairly, says Trump on trade relations with India

06:11 pm: India is going to be major player in next 50 to 100 years; India is going to have phenomenal future, says Trump

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I feel I'm going to win coming elections, says US President

06:09 pm: Kashmir has been "thorn in lot of people's sides" for long time and there are two sides to every story, says Trump

06:05 pm: Trump describes Kashmir as "big problem" between India and Pakistan

06:01 pm: We discussed it; PM Modi said they work very closely with Muslims, says Trump on allegations of discrimination against Muslims

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Donald Trump India visit Day 2 Live Updates

05:57 pm: I didn't say anything about that (being mediator). Kashmir obviously is a big problem between India and Pakistan, they are going to work out their problem. They have been doing it for a long time, says Trump

05:52 pm: On CAA, President Trump says, "I want to leave that to India and hopefully they will make the right decision for their people."

05:46 pm: Anything I can do to mediate or help, I would do. They (Pak) are working on Kashmir. Kashmir has been a thorn in lots of people's sight for a long time. There are two sides to every story. We discussed terrorism at length today, says Trump

05:42 pm: We talked a lot about it at length today. No question it is a problem. They are working on it. I said I will do whatever I can do to help because my relationship with both gentlemen (PM Modi and Pak PM) is so good, says Trump on being asked about terrorism emanating from Pakistan

05:37 pm: PM said he wants people to have religious freedom. I heard about individual attacks but I did not discuss it. It is up to India, says US President Donald Trump

05:34 pm: We did talk about religious freedom. The PM said he wants people to have religious freedom. They have worked really hard on it. I heard about the individual attacks but I did not discuss it. It is up to India, says Trump on violence in North East Delhi and CAA

05:31 pm: Yes, I spoke to PM Modi on it. I think India would like to see it happen. We are pretty close. Everybody is happy about it, Trump on US peace deal with Taliban

05:28 pm: We had a great time. We had great meetings... This is a tremendous country. I think they like us more than they ever liked us. There is a great relationship between the Prime Minister and myself, says Trump

05:26 pm: US President Donald Trump addresses a press conference in Delhi

04:25 pm: It has been an honour to be here. You have a very special Prime Minister, he really knows what he is doing. He is a tough man. He has done a fantastic job. We work very closely together, says Trump

04:02 pm: US President Donald J Trump interacts with business leaders in Delhi; Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani present at the meeting

03:59 pm: Some of the regulations have to go through statutory process; we are going to reduce a lot more regulations, says Trump

03:58 pm: US President Donald Trump addresses media

03:55 pm: I feel I am going to win the coming elections; when we win, markets will go up, says Trump

03:48 pm: India is buying USD 3 billion worth of helicopters, says Trump

03:46 pm: Speaking on coronavirus, US President Donald Trump says China is working very hard, I have spoken to President Xi. It looks like China is getting it under control

03:41 pm: India is growing at a very rapid speed and I held meetings and discussions with the CEOs of various companies today, says US President Donald Trump

03:39 pm: US President Donald Trump addresses media from Hyderabad House

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US First Lady Melania Trump being welcomed during her visit to a government school to witness various activities as part of the 'happiness curriculum', in New Delhi

02:31 pm: First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump watches a dance performance by students at Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School in Nanakpura

01:49 pm: We decided to set up counter-narcotic centre, says Donald Trump

01:46 pm: US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi issue a joint press statement

01:45 pm: Earlier today we expanded our defence cooperation with agreements for India to purchase more than US$ 3 Bn of advanced American military equipment, including Apache & MH-60 Romeo Helicopters - finest in the world. These will enhance our joint defence capabilities, says Trump

01:43 pm: We finalised defence deals worth USD 3 billion, says US President Donald Trump

01:42 pm: I am pleased to say that the partnership between India and the United States is now stronger, says Trump

01:41 pm: The United States is committed to working with India for development and women empowerment, says Trump

01:40 pm: Melania and I have been awed by the majesty of India and the exceptional generosity and kindness of the Indian people. We will always remember the magnificent welcome the citizens of your home state (of PM Modi) showed us upon arrival, says Trump

01:38 pm: India and The United States stand together in their fight against terrorism, Pakistan will have to end the support to terrorism from its soil, says Trump

01:36 pm: I know Prime Minister Narendra Modi will agree to the fact that this has been a very productive visit. The deal between our countries will help enhance defence and will help curb terrorism, says Trump

01:35 pm: US President Donald Trump addresses joint press statement, says this has been a magnificent welcome and the people of India have shown up real love

01:34 pm: We (India and USA) resolved to step up efforts to make those who support terrorism, responsible. Defence cooperation between two countries is reflective of the rising strategic partnership between India and US, says PM Modi 

01:31 pm: The relation between India and the US is more than just two governments. The United States has been a cooperative partner of India in many sectors and I am hopeful and our relations will continue to grow deeper in the future, says PM Modi. 

01:30 pm: Today we discussed every important aspect of US-India partnership, be it defence and security, energy strategic partnership, trade or people to people ties. The strengthening in defence ties between India and US is an important aspect of our partnership, says PM Narendra Modi 

01:27 pm: Indian forces today are performing joint military exercises with the US Army, says PM Modi 

01:26 pm: I am very happy that President Donald Trump has brought his family with him on his visit to India, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

01:25 pm: US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi issue a joint press statement

01:22 pm: Want to thank all educators for setting positive example and giving skills, knowledge to students, says Melania 

01:21 pm: Very inspiring that students begin their day with practising mindfulness and connecting with nature, says Melania Trump at govt school

01:19 pm: Students of Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School in Nanakpura, gift Madhubani paintings made by them to First Lady of the United States Melania Trump

01:17 pm: In the US, I work with children like you to promote similar ideas of well-being through my 'BE BEST' initiative. 3 pillars of 'BE BEST' include dangers of drug abuse, the importance of online safety and overall well-being of children, says Melania Trump

01:10 pm: At school, I learnt that the students and teachers are very enthusiastic. I cannot think of a better way for all of us to start our day, says Melania Trump

01:09 pm: This is my first visit to India and the people here are so welcoming and kind. I received a warm reception here, says Melania 

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Donald Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump visit the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument to love in Agra

01:09 pm: Namaste! It's a beautiful school. Thank you for welcoming me with a traditional dance performance, says First Lady

01:08: pm: First Lady Melania Trump addresses students at government school in Delhi

01:02 pm: Students greet the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump at Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School in Nanakpura

12:39 pm: Melania Trump being welcomed during her visit to a government school

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US First Lady Melania Trump being welcomed during her visit to a government school to witness various activities as part of the 'happiness curriculum', in New Delhi

12:38 pm: PM Modi thanks US President Donald Trump for visiting India at his invitation

12:37 pm: First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump interacts with students and teachers at Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School in Nanakpura

12:36 pm: I welcome you (US President Donald Trump) and the US delegation to India. I know that you are busy these days, still, you took out time for the visit to India. I am grateful to you for this, says PM Modi 

12:33 pm: In his opening remarks, President Trump thanked PM Modi for organising the event at Motera stadium. He said that it was a matter of great honour for him that such a large crowd gathered to welcome him in Ahmedabad. PM Modi, in his remarks, thanked President Trump for coming to India with family. 

12:32 pm: President Trump and PM Modi have begun their bilateral discussions at the Hyderabad House. Both leaders gave opening remarks before embarking on talks which could be crucial for determining the road ahead for Indo-US relations. 

12:07 pm: Melania Trump attends Happiness Class at Delhi govt school as a teacher interacts with students in the class. Melania Trump is sitting at the Sarvodaya Vidyalaya School classroom.

12:00 pm: First Lady of the US, Melania Trump at Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School.

11:29 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with US President Donald Trump to discuss entire gamut of bilateral ties

11:17 am: US President Donald Trump arrives at Hyderabad House for bilateral talks with PM Narendra Modi

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US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump exchange greetings with President Ram Nath Kovind, First Lady Savita Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi

11:08 am: US President Donald Trump meets PM Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House, First Lady Melania Trump also present.

11:06 am: US President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump plant a tree at Raj Ghat

11:01 am: US President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump write in the visitor's book at Raj Ghat

10:47 am: Video shows US President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat

10:42 am: US President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat

10:38 am: US President Donald Trump, First Lady arrive at Rajghat 

10:29 am: Donald Trump and Melania Trump are now going to Rajghat to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi

10:24 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Hyderabad House. US President Donald Trump will meet him here shortly

10:20 am: US President Donald Trump inspects the Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan​

10:18 am: US President Donald Trump, the First Lady Melania Trump, President Ram Nath Kovind, his wife Savita Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a group photo at Rashtrapati Bhavan​

10:14 am: Trump accorded tri-services guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan​

10:12 am US President Donald Trump receives ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan​

10:06 am: 

10:05 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind greet US President Donald Trump, his wife Melania​ at Rashtrapati Bhavan​

10:03 am: Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School all set to welcome First Lady of the US Melania Trump, as she will visit the school today​

10:00 am: 

09:57 am: PM Modi arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan

09:42 am: US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of the ceremonial reception of the US President.

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Ivanka Trump arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan

8:00 am: President Trump likely to address a press conference at 5:00 pm after his meeting with PM Modi

7:35 am: US First Lady Melania Trump will be visiting a Delhi Government school in Nanakpura, today.​

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