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Trump Struggled to Say Words Correctly as People Walked Out of Enormous ‘Macho Man’ Rally in India

What an embarrassment...

Donald Trump is in India, attending an enormous rally to get the love and adulation he so craves…but he also made a fool of himself by mispronouncing many words.

The speech took place at a stadium filled to capacity with 110,000, and Trump acknowledged the spectacle when he addressed the Indian people.

“America loves India. America respects India. And America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people,” the president said to cheers.

“You have done a great honor to the American people. Melania, my family, we will always remember this remarkable hospitality,” he said.

He later told reporters it was a “fantastic event.”

“I thought it was fantastic,’ he said on his way to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. ‘They worked really hard.”

Trump received the welcome he wanted when he touched down in India Monday morning – a spectacle of Indians lining the streets cheering on his motorcade, guards on camels standing by, and native dancers in bright costumes moving to live music and the beat of the drum.

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Modi designed the day to appeal to an audience of one: Trump, wooing the president as the two nations struggle to end a trade war that has damped relations between them.

But, according to the BBC, Trump struggled to pronounce many words:

“However, he struggled to pronounce several Indian words – from Ahmedabad, the city where he was speaking, to Swami Vivekananda, an Indian philosopher, greatly admired by Mr Modi. He also called the Vedas – ancient Hindu texts – “Vestas”.”

BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan reported that crowds began leaving midway through Trump’s speech, which came after Modi spoke.

Before appearing at the rally, Trump made a stop at the Sabarmati Ashram, the humble home where Mahatma Gandhi lived for a dozen years as he helped push India to gain independence from Britain. At one point, Modi could be seen explaining to Trump how to use a charkha, a traditional spinning wheel used by Gandhi.

A makeshift VIP building had been hastily constructed for Trump and Modi in recent days, and the White House had been quiet about the visit ahead of time.

And of course the second First Lady was there as well:

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