The White House confirms that Donald Trump will attend the PM Modi rally in the US UU.

WASHINGTON: The White House has formally confirmed that the president of the United States Donald Trump He will participate in the Howdy, Modi rally in Houston, Texas, on September 22 prior to the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to the United States next week. The joint appearance in such a large concentration will be an unprecedented event in the annals of relations between the United States and India, and indeed the United States ties with any country.

“The event, 'Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures,' is expected to draw tens of thousands of people. It will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship,” the White House said in an announcement of the event, first reported in Times of India on Sunday .

Following the “Howdy, Modi” rally in Texas, the White House said Trump will travel to Wapakoneta, Ohio, where he will be joined by Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia for a tour of a new, Australian-owned manufacturing facility. Trump’s presence at the events are aimed at underscoring the important partnerships between the United States and India, and Australia, the White House statement added.

The Houston rally, the third such event held by Prime Minister Modi in the US UU. After an innovative public meeting in New York at Madison Square Gardens, New York in 2014 and in Silicon Valley In 2017, it is expected to exceed anything hosted by or by a foreign leader on US soil. The organizers of the event, which will be held at the NRG Stadium with a capacity of 50,000 people, say it is already sold out.

In fact, it is difficult to recall an instance of such a large political rally in the United States, even for President Trump or his predecessor. Barack Obama At the peak of its popularity. Crowds of this size are only seen in major sporting events such as the Superbowl.

But the organizers of the event say they have no problem attracting people to the event in the fourth largest city in the United States, which together with the surrounding areas and nearby cities, has a population of Indian origin of more than 150,000. Many enthusiastic Modi fans are expected to fly or drive from different parts of the country.

Given the scale and scope of the demonstration, it was inevitable that President Trump would take note and/or appear, given his propensity to constantly talk about the size of the crowd in his demonstrations. But beyond his fondness for crowds and spectacle, the decision to attend the rally also has three elements.

The main element is to show the close links between the two countries at a time of tension in the region. The two leaders who address the Howdy Mody event are historic and unprecedented. It reflects not only the closeness and comfort levels in the relationship, but also the personal chemistry and friendship between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, said Harsh Shringla, India's ambassador to the United States.

But there are also internal reasons for Trump to present a rally where Modi will be the rock star. In addition to being the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston is also its energy capital. And India is a major consumer of energy that is already buying significant amounts of oil and gas from Houston, a supply that is expected to increase further given the type of disruption in the Gulf.

A third reason is that Texas could be at stake in the 2020 elections and every vote counts. Although the state of Lone Star has been constantly Republican Red since 1976 ( Jimmy Carter he was the last Democrat to win the state), lately he has turned purple and the Democrats are beginning to harbor hopes of an unease.

But the Indian side also distrusts being identified too closely with Republicans. In fact, many Democratic lawmakers are expected to be among the nearly 60 lawmakers expected to attend the rally, many of them aware of the financial and academic influence that American Indians have in the United States, disproportionate to their general number

Indian officials said the majority leader of the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking member of the Democratic leadership, will also address the Howdy Modi event, reflecting the strong bipartisan support enjoyed by relations between India and the United States.

The rally, an Indian official said, will highlight the warmth between the two great nations, but also the personal warmth and respect between the two leaders. It will also be the first time that leaders will meet outside the capital, Washington DC, or New York.

It is a great support for the efforts and success of the strong American Indian diaspora of 3 million and its contribution in all areas of life, said Ambassador Shringla, noting that the assistance from both sides of the hall reflects the strong bipartisan support of India- The relations of the United States enjoy.