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be cracks in the queen's marriage and her sister is actually involved with a divorced man. >> where there is a conflict between love and duty, it is duty that comes first. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and, of course, all around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm george howell. right now we are watching these live images. the u.s. president donald trump in india kicking off his 36-hour visit there. >> it is a trip that will play heavily into his vulnerable spectacle. soon mr. trump will head to a namaste trump rally at a cricket stadium that holds 100,000 people. he will also visit the taj mahal and hold formal talks with prime minister narendra modi. >> we have our senior
international correspondent sam kiley following these events as well with us. sam, tell us more about where the president is at this particular moment and what's left on the schedule as we continue to follow this. >> reporter: they are on their way here to the stadium which is effectively going to be inaugurated by his visit. there have been a lot of celebrations, hindu nationalist ballads being sung. some 100,000 people. both the president and the first lady and the indian prime minister will first stop on the way to pay their respects at the ashram, which was the home of mahat mahatma gandhi. mr. gandhi was assassinated by a
hindu nationalist. there's lot about it over the last six months for overplaying the hindu nationalism card that got him elected with a majority in the indian parliament last summer. particularly this year with the new legislation which many people say discriminates against muslims who are part of the refugee populations here from bangladesh, pakistan and afghanistan. they would be allowed to apply for indian nationality, but only if they're not muslim. it is an important stop for mr. modi to shore up his more secular credentials and widen india. donald trump comes to a country where he can step out in front of a crowd of 100,000 people where his approval ratings are
between 50 and 56%. he he'd love to see those sort of numbers in the united states in an election year. he's below 50% in u.s. polling. nonetheless, today, though, is all about the nitty-gritty, the formal processes of discussions, bilaterals and other meetings will get underway and culminate with a state dinner presided over india's ceremonial state president. tomorrow night before they leave, though great expectations and breakthrough in a trade deal. this ongoing american members to shore up relationship with india more strategically because india stands physically in many ways -- to potentially competition with china. so it's a very important relationship to keep -- the
competition for the soul of india. >> sam kiley live for us following events there. sam, stand by. we're looking at this image, if we can take that image, rosemary, it is interesting to see the u.s. president there, right there beside the president narendra modi. and you can tell that this is a moment where you can get a sense of their relationship. >> yeah, absolutely. of course, as we continue to follow those pictures, we do want to take a moment to look at the significance of this trip for both the united states and india. and for that we're joined by the former indian ambassador to the u.s. good to have you with us. and, of course, we're following these pictures -- >> thank you. >> -- watching the u.s. president make his way to that cricket stadium. because later this hour, president trump and india's prime minister modi will take to
the stage there and make joint remarks. what will you be looking for and what all should we expect to come out of this very short trip? it's not even two days really that mr. trump is taking in india. >> it is a very significant trip and i think it should be quite a lot. today you will see a lot of good pictures and a lot of ceremony and color and something that india does best. and i think this is something which president trump has been looking forward to, a large crowd, a cultural extravaganza, and all that's going to be happening today. he'll also go to the taj mahal for the famous picture with the first lady in front of the taj. and tomorrow you will see a lot of the official aspects of the visit, the talks. but i think today should not be underestimated because i think the indian-american community in the united states is gaining in political significance, so that's one box that will be
checked. and also i think it shows the power of india's democracy, the people-to-people relationship, and as well as the fact that this is a country with which president trump can do business in more ways than one. >> indeed. and there will be a lot of -- i mean, we're talking about -- we're looking at these pictures now as he's walking with the first lady and india's prime minist minister. mr. trump, as you point out, loves to attract a big crowd. as we know, he has been promised 7 million people. we know this cricket stadium only holds 100,000 there. the population is, what, 5.6 million. so he may not get the 7 million he's promised, but there are going to be some incredible visuals along the way, aren't there? >> yes. i'm not sure about the promise part, but he has certainly said
he's been raising the numbers in his previous commentaries. but i think it's not the literal figure that counts. the fact is all of them have turned up on the streets and you have a huge stadium and millions more watching. so i don't think we should set a line on the exact number of people together. i think it's the spirit behind this huge public rally. >> certainly. mr. trump will be very happy with the crowds, no doubt. and we have seen growing tensions between the u.s. and india on trade. how might they resolve those trade issues? could we expect to see any steps forward in this very short trip, do you think? >> i think it would be a good time to have a frank conversation on trade. from all indications, a trade deal would sort out all the differences is not in the cards, but i'm sure there will be some
steps towards making that happen. and frankly, i think trade here is important simply because of the trump administration's priority and putting up trade up front. there is a huge amount happening in the rest of the relationship. and i think the indian side would like to place the trade relationship in proper perspective in a part of the big picture, part of the strategic convergences between [ inaudible ] the security relationship, the counterterrorism relationship and not a stand-alone thing on its own. there are a number of issues, a number of market access issues on both sides. there is the withdrawal of the gsp by the united states as the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs. and so there are conversations which need to go on. they are quite clearly not ready yet to resolve all these, but once you have a visit of this level and you have a successful visit, then the hope is that,
you know, the warm feeling, the positive feeling will rub off on the, on the differences also and we should be able to resolve them. given the fact the united states recognizes the long-term economic potential of india as a partner. >> right. of course, as you were speaking, we were looking at the three monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil. president trump making it very clear he admires india's prime minister and the feeling appears to be mutual. in fact, they share a number of similarities. both are conservative nationalists. both share a distrust and disdain for the media. and both have a tendency to be antimuslim and anti-immigrant. is it those similarities that bring these two leaders together examine allow th and allow them to understand each other? which one of them will benefit from this short visit do you
think? >> i don't know if they will agree with those characterizations that have been made on their personalities, but certainly i can tell you that they get along very well together and they, they know how to converse with each other and they have an admiration for each other. i think president trump, of course, you know, is in an election year and i'm sure he's got one eye on the fact that 4 million strong indian-american community is part of his election calculus. for prime minister modi, it brings him to the global stage this moment, something which he's been very comfortable with and confident with particularly in his first term. so i think it is, as is said by both sides, it's a win/win situation for both of them. >> we thank you so very much for lending us some perspective as we watch these incredible
pictures there in india. many thanks. >> and now let's get more perspective on what's happening. again, we're watching the u.s. president there live in india with the indian prime minister narendra modi. now to get that perspective we add natasha lindstaedt with us. natasha, professor at the university. glad to have you with us. he's with his indian counterpart, the first lady as well. here's the thing. mr. trump has made it clear he and prime minister modi, they get along very well. talk to us about the significance of this relationship and whether that, that personal bond would mean any sort of breakthrough when it comes to the sticking points like trade. >> right. they definitely do have a strong relationship. there is a lot of chemistry there and they do share things in common as has already been mentioned. they have been characterized as right wing populist, those that
want sort of a more exclusive national identity. they have been characterized, both of them, as being anti-muslim, and they have, as already mentioned, attacked the press. modi has been dealing with a faltering economy and mounting protests over the citizenship law which muslims view as being exclusive to them or targeting them. and so they share in common that they both face attacks from people within their own country and they both want to draw attention to this relationship for a number of reasons. one is because trump's relationship with china is under tremendous strain and trump wants to show that there are other big countries like india with a huge economy, of course, that trump can deal with and make trade deals with. both are hoping to come out of this with the hope that there will be some sort of possible trade deal of sorts. you're also going to see them looking to make some sort of
military deal. there is a multi-billion dollar defense bill. india wants to diversify its buyers. you're going to see trump hoping to change his image a little bit. there are only 4.5 million indians that live in the u.s. only 16% of those supported trump. he's hoping to project an image of someone who can attract voters that are not just white voters, that can attract a diverse coalition. and for modi, of course, this puts him on the global stage with one of the most powerful leaders in the world, and he wants to assert his own legitimacy because he's been under fire recently. >> let's talk just a bit more about that. you point out the fact that the president is certainly showing here that he can attract, to your point, other voters. but how important is it when it comes to fund-raising? simply looking back at the modi event that took place in houston, texas, when narendra
modi was here stateside. that was a bit of good optics for president trump, and certainly important for him when it comes to fund-raising. >> yeah, it is good for fund-raising and it looks like he's attracting huge numbers. that's one of the things that's going to happen in india. he's going to be at this enormous cricket stadium where there will be just so many people there. that's one of the things trump loves. i think be it's a combination of the fact that he's hoping that this, then, leads too bigger campaign funds. but also he just loves the attention. he loves speaking in front of huge crowds and nowhere in the world would you get such huge crowds as in india. there is a lot of excitement about him being there, whether it be good or bad, we don't know. but there is a lot of excitement around him. he loves attracting attention. he's going to be attracting some of the biggest crowds. >> so, again, natasha lindstaedt with perspective there. thank you. for our viewers around the world, we're watching these images. right now it really is, rosemary, just about the pomp and circa round the president
being there. certainly we will see millions of people come together alongside the road, there at the stadium as well. these are the images we know the president likes to capture. >> he does. we are covering that and another big story here, the coronavirus is quickly spreading beyond china. it's now forcing italy, south korea and japan to implement tougher measures. we will have live reports from each of those countries when we come back. do stay with us. ture body wash, my skin went from dry and dull to visibly healthy in just 14 days. better skin from a body wash? you better believe it. with olay body.
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welcome back, everyone. the novo coronavirus is morphing into what many world health officials feared, and surging beyond its epicenter in china, spreading rapidly in asia and beyond. here's some of the latest information we have. italy now has the largest number of infections outside of asia. that's more than 150, with at least three deaths. venice is suspending its popular carnival to halt the spread of the virus. >> on the other side of the globe, the number of cases has spiked again. in south korea, there are more than 760, with seven deaths.
most are certainly in the country's southeast at this point. and around the world the number of cases now exceeds 79,000, more than 2600 people have died. our cnn correspondents covering every angle of this story around the world. in rome, our barbie nadeau standing by. cnn's blake essik in tokyo. where do they stand with infections rising in the northern part of the country? >> reporter: well, i think the word of the day is containment, and officials across the north of the country are working very hard just to stop people from moving around. there are ten towns that are on lockdown right now. that means no movement whatsoever, and those who do defy that order risk a three-month jail sentence and a substantial fine. they've got food courts in the
ten towns to get people the supplies they need. we're seeing also in venice a complete reaction out of an abundance of caution. i think there have been two cases in that city confirmed, but as you've said, they canceled the carnival celebration. that's the biggest celebrations the venetians are every year. it draws people from all over the world. those celebrations are canceled. they just won't be happening. though we've also seen kind of voluntary measures in milan. they closed the duomo. even george armani are live streaming to stop people from gathering in public places. the authorities are yet to give us an updated number of cases yet this morning, george. >> barbie nadeau live for us in rome. barbie, thank you for the reporting. >> all right. let's get the latest now from seoul from paula hancocks.
what is the latest you have on deaths across across south kore what has been done to contain it? >> reporter: there's been a spike in south korea. 763 is the number at this point, and seven people have been confirmed to have died. now, what we do know is it is mainly focused, not exclusively, but mainly focused on an area where -- city called degu a few hours south of the capital. now, this is an area which does have one religious group based there. we understand it's more than half of those 763 confirmed cases have links to this particular religious group. this is something that officials are focusing on right now. they say there's about 9,000 other members that are under self-quarantine. they say they will be tested. they're doing 5 to 6000 tests every single day in south korea. but this is not the extent of
the infection increase here. most provinces around the country, north, south, east and west, now have a number of cases including the capital seoul. we know degu is a focus because airlines in korea have started to suspend flights to degu. korean airlines, the low-cost carriers are no longer going to fly to degu. we also know that the religious group itself, police have been drafted in to try and find some of those missing members of the group. we understand there's hundreds that still haven't been contacted. it's a matter of priority clearly to contact anybody who may have come into contact with the infection to try and contain the infection. so 600 police officers are now knocking on doors. they're tracking phone records. they're scouring through cctv footage, trying to narrow the
search down and find those hundreds at this point of religious group members that are missing. certainly there's a lot being done within the country. the president, moon jae-in has raised the level to the highest level it can be. which effectively releases more funds. we'll see more money injected into the area that's worse hit, more doctors and facilities being set up there. one more thing to confirm today, 11 members now of the military personnel of the military here in south korea have been infected. that, of course, is a key concern for the defense ministry. you have an awful lot of soldiers living in very close quarters in the barracks. that is something they'll want to contain quickly. >> that is a worry indeed. paula hancocks reporting live from south korea. thanks. >> blake essick standing by. what is the latest with regard to this virus? >> reporter: george, the ministry of foreign affairs just
held a media briefing where they essentially said they will not be focusing on the olympic schedule to take place in tokyo this summer. instead they will be focusing on the next one to three weeks, calling that time period crucial in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus here in japan. and this comes as a reset where the ministry actually acknowledged that the quarantine that took place on board the cruise ship docked here at yokohama port was not a perfect quarantine. we saw that. multiple exams pl multiple examples in the past couple days, 23 passengers who got tested before the quarantine period started, they had to get tested again during the quarantine, that 14-day quarantine on board the ship. that never happened. they're in the process of re-testing those 23 people. we also learned about a woman in her 60s. she actually completed the quarantine protocol on board the cruise ship. she disembarked on wednesday. within two days she developed
symptoms and later tested positive for the coronavirus. these two examples are why the japanese government has now kind of changing the way they're operating. when 2 comes to all the passengers that have been disembarking over the past several days, the japanese government is going to be in contact with them on a daily basis to do health checks. they've also asked those people do everything they can to stay indoors and avoid public transportation at all costs. george? >> blake essiq live for us in tokyo. blake, thank you. >> let's look at how the outbreak is affecting global stock markets. we turn to asia first. we'll just bring up those numbers. you can see in seoul, south korea, the kospi has 0 nearly lost 4%. it started at 2%. it's now down near 4. hang seng and hong kong is down 1.67%. so we're keeping an eye on that. and then in the united states,
futures are also down across the board. so there's a lot of the lot of jittery feelings across the markets. >> people are not going to work, things they would typically do, people staying indoors. certainly the markets are seeing an effect. >> the auto industry is going to be impacted considerably because parts can't get in, they can't get out. so a problem. >> this will be something to watch for sure. still ahead here on cnn newsroom, israeli forces say they struck back after the militants launched rockets from gaza. >> the exchanges follow a graphic video that went viral. what it showed as well as the images israel say foiled an attack. we are live in jerusalem with details. back in a moment. [ fast-paced drumming ]
welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you are watching cnn newsroom live from atlanta. i'm george howell. >> and i'm rosemary church. we're going to check the headlines for you at this hour. the novo coronavirus is spreading rapidly in mainland china. italy has 150 cases and at least three deaths. venice is suspending carnival because of the outbreak. cases are surging in south korea with 760 confirmed and seven deaths, mostly centered around areas in the southeast. >> cnn monitoring these live pictures right now from india. this is narendra modi, the prime minister's hometown. the u.s. president is visiting that country. he arrived just a short time ago. the two men hugged as honor
guards played traditional music at the airport ceremony. this visit to include a huge rally, a visit to the taj mahal and formal talks between these two leaders. u.s. president there in india, he has chimed in on the outcome of the nevada caucuses with 88% of precinct reporting, cnn is projecting democratic candidate bernie sanders and he is expected to get 18 pledged delegates. >> mean white joe biden and pete buttiegieg are trailing far behind. mr. trump had this reaction to the results. >> i think bernie is looking more and more like he'll be the nominee. unless they cheat him out of it. a lot of people thought he was going to be the nominee last time and that didn't work out. i think they're watching it very closely. i would imagine so. >> and the race moves to south carolina this weekend where
democratic presidential candidate joe biden is hoping to convince voters he's a better candidate than bernie sanders. >> cnn washington correspondent jeff zeleny has the details. >> reporter: the democratic presidential contest now in south carolina, the last of the first four early states. the south carolina primary on saturday so critical for all candidates, particularly joe biden. trying to make a stand here to revive his candidacy. of course, also trying to slow the ascent of senator bernie sanders. mr. biden had a campaign on sunday. he made the case bernie sanders is too liberal for democrats, would hurt the party down ballot. even like george mcgovern did so many years ago. take a listen. >> would senator sanders be a mcgovern-like mistake for this party isn't that >> that's for the parties. i think it's going to go down in a race between senator sanders and me for the nomination. as i said all along, not just can you beat donald trump, can you keep a democratic house of
representatives in the united states congress and can you bring along a democratic senate. can you help people up and down the line. and i think i'm better prepared to do that than senator sanders is. >> reporter: but as much as the former vice-president may like, this is not a two-person race. in fact, so many other moderate candidates still in the race, elizabeth warren, amy klobuchar, pete buttiegieg. even tom steyer potentially complicating the former vice-president's path here in south carolina. but one thing is clear. this is a different electorate here in south carolina. some 60% of the democratic electorate african-american voters, so joe biden certainly has a strong appeal and is making that case directly. of course, he was former president barack obama's vice-president for eight years and has a long civil rights record of his own. so the south carolina primary has a history of surprising voters, has a history of delivering an upset or something different. so keep an eye on what could happen here the next five days or so. three days after the primary, super tuesday comes. that is when a third of the
delegates are selected. that's when michael bloomberg will weigh in the first time. this democratic race still very much alive. jeff zeleny, cnn, charleston, south carolina. >> another story we're following, the israeli military says it launched a series of strikes targeting militant group islamic jihad in gaza and syria. >> that's right. it says that in response to militants firing more than 20 rockets into israel, tensions then escalated on sunday. israeli soldiers opened fire on two men they say were laying an explosive device along the gaza border fence. >> the exchange came hours after they were scraping the body of a dead man off the ground went viral. we are going to show you that video, but we must warn you first, it is graphic, along with what israel says was that foiled attempt to plot an explosive device. so for more we are joined now by
oren liebermann in jerusalem. oren, talk to us about that attempt to set an explosive device and this graphic video that followed and went viral. >> reporter: so, rosemary, this all starts on sunday morning when the israeli military says two militants approached the gaza fence and they provided it by the military. it attempted to plant an explosive on the border fence. the soldiers opened fire there, killing one and wounding another. and that then led to this, and this is a graphic video as we have warned you before. this is when the israeli military sends in a bulldozer to try to pickup the body of the palestinian who was killed there and bring him back across the border. and you can see in the video as the bulldozer attempts to pick up this body, there are palestinians trying to pull the body away. you can even hear gunshots in the backgrounds and screams in the backgrounds. the bulldozer then, it seems, runs over the body as it is attempting to pick it up. that angers the crowd and this
video continues for quite sometime as the bulldozer attempts to pick up this body. eventually and the video does get even more graphic, the bulldozer is successful in picking up the body with its scoop, but it is seen hanging off the scoop as the bulldozer and the body return to israel protected by a tank. as for who that body is, the brigade, militant wing of islamic jihad has claimed that palestinian as one of their own. they see the treating of this body as the defiling of the body. israel was expecting a response and that response began on sunday night when israel says there was some 21 rockets launched from gaza into southern israel. a number of those were intercepted by iron dome, and that then led to israel's response striking islamic jihad targets not only in gaza, but in syria. israel, of course, has struck syria in the past but rarely does israel take credit this quickly. it struck headquarters in both gaza and syria in an attempt to
essentially show islamic jihad if this continues, israel will act strongly in this case. there is still anger here. now, it is important to note, george and rosemary, there has not been anything kinetic across the border. the situation remains tense, it remains fluid. schools, roads and trains around gaza remain closed at this time. although there are no restrictions on civilians throughout the rest of the country. >> all right. many thanks to oren liebermann following this story from jerusalem. and we know you will continue to bring us details on this in the hours ahead. many thanks. >> we continue following the coronavirus and here's the thing. it's claimed at least eight lives in iran. what neighboring countries are now doing to try to contain the outbreak. when it comes to autism,
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indian prime minister narendra modi. they are headed to the matero stadium, this huge stadium, cricket stadium that holds more than 100,000 people. that is where they are expecting to have this namaste trump event that we will be monitoring live on cnn. again, president trump, first lady melania trump there in india with the indian prime minister narendra modi headed toward the stadium now. >> yes, we will certainly bring you those joint remarks. we do want to cover this other big story on coronavirus, a second person in israel has tested positive for that virus. he was a passenger on the diamond princess cruise ship who returned to israel last week before testing positive. >> in the meantime, more than 700 people are under self-quarantine in israel. the country had also expanded its restrictions on foreign nationals to include south korea after members of a tour group tested positive for the disease upon returning home.
>> now, as we have mentioned, the outbreak continues to take a toll on stock markets around the world. in south korea, the kospi has been down more than 3% in monday's trading. we saw those figures earlier. and u.s. futures are down across the board. let's go to singapore with the latest on the markets. so, investors no doubt disturbed by these market losses. what are all those numbers looking like now and what more are we learning about this? >> reporter: yeah, it's not looking great actually, rosemary. in the last few hours, the kospi, for example, let's take that. that has been one of the markets most heavily impacted. it's down 2%. it's been extending its losses. you have some of the megastocks, the megacompanies of south korea being affected. hyundai has been impacted by
factory shutdowns in china and other parts suppliers in asia. all of these supply distributetidistribution networks have been impacted. you had samsung saying it had an employee at a factory complex that had confirmed coronavirus case and they had to shut the complex down. these sort of shutdowns don't look good. the big thing is it's about uncertainty. all of the southeast asian markets are lower and it's worrying because even the likes of the imf, for example, catalina, the managing director of the imf at the g-20 finance meeting -- finance ministers meeting in saudi arabia that had been taking place over the weekend talking about how he could see more dire scenarios. when you hear that sort of language, it's not something that you wake up to and think, okay, i'm trading with certainty in a market at morgan stanley fear like this. let's talk about dow futures. you mentioned that.
so here in asian trade, we've had dow futures down significantly, more than 350 points right out of the gate here in asian trade. now, what that suggests is that we're going to have a big push to the downside on the dow when those u.s. markets open. on top of that is the same story for the s&p 500 and for nasdaq futures and for all of those european market stock index futures. this is what everyone's thinking about. it's really uncertainty that's playing these markets and predictions for global growth being trimmed in singapore, for example, singapore gdp out recently and it was the forecast downgraded for growth that could even go into negative territory. >> all very unnerving. bringing us the very latest there from singapore, many thanks to you. >> the virus has claimed at least eight lives in iran and has infected more than 40 people in that country. neighboring countries are also now closing their borders and imposing all sorts of
restrictions. here's the latest now from teheran. >> reporter: today in teheran, cultural activities brought to halt. theaters are closed down until further notice. matches, stadiums are closed down. university dorms, school, preschools, high school, junior schools are closed. so the big question for the families is just how to entertain their children, their young at home because living in an apartment in teheran is not so easy nowadays. until further notice, everything is brought to halt. and only governmental employees have to go to work. traffic, everything is heavier than before, and at the same time the country is isolated. airlines are closing down their activities. even neighboring countries, they don't want to see the iranian passenger to their soil.
and the pharmacies are under pressure to reproduce their shelves and try to address the problems of the people. people are in great demand of buying vitamin c and surgical masks. surgical masks are sold in black markets five or six times or even ten times more than real prices. ramin, cnn, teheran. >> that was ramin reporting for us. we'll be right back after this break. it's the next one. you always drive this slow? how did you make someone i love? that must be why you're always so late. i do not speed. and that's saving me cash with drivewise. my son, he did say that you were the safe option. and that's the nicest thing you ever said to me. so get allstate. stop bossing. where good drivers save 40% for avoiding mayhem, like me. this is my son's favorite color, you should try it. [mayhem] you always drive like an old lady? [tina] you're an old lady.
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what you're seeing right now, the u.s. president donald trump has arrived here to the matera stadium, this in india. take a look at that stadium. the stadium holds more than 100,000 people. the president essentially kicking off this massive, massive building for this namaste trump event. this is u.s. president donald trump along with the indian prime minister narendra modi, together showing their relationship between two nations. >> yeah, and of course they'll be making joint remarks. we want to turn to cnn's
international correspondent sam kiley. he is there at the stadium. 100,000 people gathered there. we saw -- sam, talk to us about the ambience, how excited they are to see the u.s. president there and what we can expect to hear from the two leaders when they speak. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: we expect to hear from them and see them momentarily. they have arrived here at the stadium. donald trump, the u.s. president in the famous presidential limousine known as "the beast." narendra modi in a range rover which might be seen as a british vehicle. it's indian owned, the burgeoning of india on the international stage in terms of strategic importance. india stands as a formerly non-aligned nation.
now making friends with massive nations. the second biggest on earth, the united states and also keep itself free to make alliances or friendships elsewhere. notably with china. it's without reason strategically donald trump is here. but today is all about celebration, pomp and circumstance. the announcer behind me talking about the leaders of two great nations are soon to walk out onto the stage together. donald trump delighted to be received by a crowd of at least 100,000. turnout from the television pictures, it may not have been as extensive as he hoped, but here in the stadium, it is full to capacity. the biggest cricket stadium on earth has been used for any other purpose than grounds men work ahead of the opening of the stadium for sports. narendra modi keane to burnish
his reputation domestically, in terms of widespread condemnation from opposition groups here for what has been described as anti-muslim legislation passed earlier this year regarding citizenship regulations is now being challenged in the supreme court. they are soon to walk out onto the stage just behind me where both men will speak. one assumes narendra modi welcoming the u.s. president first, and then they are expecting to go on to visit the taj mahal before returning to starting the day of business tomorrow, culminating in a presidential dinner. you can hear the swelling response of the crowd beginning to emerge as they anticipate the arrival of the u.s. president and their prime minister. this is narendra modi's home state. he was the chief minister here
for 13 years in the 2000s. a period of rule cementing the leadership of the hindu nationalist party. cemented him as one of the foremost populist leaders in the world, indeed, a pioneer of modern populism, and earned widespread criticism. he was banned from the united states or refused a visa in the early 2000s following the sectarian violence that hit more than 100,000 people, majority muslims were killed in sectarian blood letting. many of his critics pointed the blame towards mr. modi and his people. he has been able to emerge really as the prime minister at the moment of india, with a commanding domination through his pjb party, india's parliament. very close indeed to donald
trump. there have been at least five meetings inside the last year between these two leaders. the last significant one being, of course, in the modi celebrations in texas last year. now it is the opportunity for the indians to play host with namaste trump. he has come from visiting the former home of mahatma gandhi. >> sam kiley bringing us the latest from the cricket stadium as we await those remarks from president trump and the prime minister of india. it is incredible. these are the crowds that president trump has been looking for. >> and these are the crowds that he likes to see. certainly that has been teed up for him there in india. we will continue to follow this live here on cnn on the other side of this break. stand by. ♪ ♪
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