Indian Americans Give Trump Standing Ovation at Packed Houston Stadium - WATCH
President joins India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi for rockstar welcome
President Trump spoke to a packed-out stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The audience roared and rose to their feet when President Trump told the stadium crowd:
“We stand proudly in the defense of liberty and we are committed to protecting innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.”
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Trump has praised India's PM Modi and the Indian-American community in the United States.
The president appeared with Modi before a huge, mostly-Indian audience of 50,000 people who packed out Houston stadium for the "Howdy Modi" event.
“We are proud to have you as Americans,” said President Trump told the Indian-American community.
“My administration is fighting for you each and every day.”
Modi, while introducing Trump, said: “He has already made the American economy strong again.”
He said in the two years that Trump has been in office, India - U.S. relations have reached "new heights."
Trump praised the bilateral relationship saying, "India has never invested in the U.S. like it is doing today, and I want to say it’s reciprocal because we’re doing the same thing in India."
Trump told Modi that India has never "had a better friend as president as President Donald Trump."
Preeti Dawra, one of the organizers of the "Howdy Modi" event said, "Trump is completely welcomed by the community."
Modi is currently facing global backlash for his crackdown in disputed Kashmir.
Last month, he stripped the Indian-controlled section of Kashmir of its semi-autonomous status, sparking renewed tensions with Pakistan, which also claims part of Kashmir.
India has deployed thousands of troops to prevent violent protests in the Muslim-majority region and residents in Kashmir continue to face curbs on travel and communications restrictions.
After the rally with Modi, President Trump later traveled to Ohio where to make an appearance with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
In Ohio, the president and PM Morrison visited an Australian box factory where Trump's supporters flocked for yet another rockstar welcoming.
As left-leaning newspaper The Guardian put it, the crowds in Ohio "went wild" for Trump and Morrison.