As the POTUS and FLOTUS landed in India on Monday, television cameras ready on standby at Ahmedabad airport whirred to action with photographers getting a thousand and one clicks of Donald and Melania Trump's first steps on desi land.
And the first thing that met the waiting eyes was Trump's bright yellow power tie and the First Lady's white pantsuit secured with a green sash at the waist.
Foreign visits of powerful world leaders never fail to grab headlines. And when it comes to the First Family of America, the whole world tends to watch each and every minute detail from hand-shakes to outfits. Trump's India visit also lived up to the occasion. As images of the Trumps descending the steps of their aircraft to hug Prime Minister Narendra Modi went viral on Indian media, social media was quick to note the pair's clothes.
With her all white pant-suit and a green sash tied to her waist, Melania seemed to remind many on the Internet of a karate player, ready in costume. A Twitter user even joked that Melania was perfectly dressed for the occasion as she appeared ready for "self-defence" in case she chanced upon "handsy Indian men". Others also noted the similarity.
Melania came in her karate clothes pic.twitter.com/kQTA8H7Uxz— Veena Venugopal (@veenavenugopal) February 24, 2020
Quite smart of Melania to wear her karate clothes. She must have heard about handsy Indian men and is ready for self-defence pic.twitter.com/TZZY4n0MAl— Veena Venugopal (@veenavenugopal) February 24, 2020
But would the Trump visit manage to "spring" Indo-US ties into high gear? The eagerly awaited tour of India is expected to significantly ramp up bilateral defence and strategic ties but unlikely to produce tangible outcome in resolving thorny issues like trade tariffs.
Trump, who is here with Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and a 12-member team from his administration, spent the first leg of the visit in Ahmedabad where he visited Sabarmati Ashram and spun he charkha along with the First Lady before heading for the 'Namastey Trump' event.