New York, Sep 23 : President Donald Trump, according to 'The New York Times', played second fiddle to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Houston but US lawmakers and officials have hailed the 'Howdy Modi' mega show in Texas.
"......at a boisterous cultural rally in which the American President was technically just an invited guest. But never one to let a good crowd go to waste, Mr. Trump treated the giant gathering at NRG Stadium in Houston as his own, declaring that “you have never had a better friend as president than President Donald Trump, that I can tell you" - wrote The New York Times.
A senior US official has, however, hailed 'Howdy Modi' mega show of Houston in Texas and said the event was actually "a tremendous display of big crowds, bigger ideas, and visionary leadership". "The strength of the Indian diaspora community in the United States in unparalleled and loud enough that I can almost hear the cheering from here at UN General Assembly in New York," Alice G Wells, the acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, tweeted.
She said:"The 'Howdy, Modi' was a tremendous display of big crowds, bigger ideas, and visionary leadership" and maintained both President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi together could put their shared commitment to "accelerate the upward trajectory of the US-India strategic partnership".
Making a record, the much talked about 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston was jointly addressed by Mr Modi and the US President. Other American lawmakers also praised Prime Minister Modi for his address. "What a crowd at the 'Howdy, Modi' event! Honoured to be a part of such a tremendous gathering representing the people of Texas," Congressman Pete Olson said.
"Thanks to Prime Minister Modi for coming to Houston along with President Trump for the 'Howdy, Modi' extravaganza, with a crowd of more than 50,000 enthusiastic fans in attendance," said Texas Senator John Cornyn. Mr Cornyn said India is one of the most important friends and partners of the US and maintained - "Could not be more honoured to welcome Modi to Houston," he said. "India is largest democracy on the face of earth and America is proud to be your friend," another leader from Texas Ted Cruz said. Some media experts and leading newspapers said the rally brought together two leaders with similar styles.
"Both rose to power by embracing right-wing populism, portraying themselves as champions of the masses fighting against an entrenched establishment," the New York Times said.'The Guardian' in its coverage of the event said that “the event had the feel of one of Trump’s campaign rallies”.
"Mr Trump and Mr Modi are also both polarizing figures among the people they lead," commented Michael D. Shear. (UNI)