President Trump Returns From Trip to India

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump return from a two-day trip to India, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., Wednesday, February 26.

The visit was marred, however, by violent street protests of rival Hindu and Muslim groups demonstrating over a new citizenship law that led to the deaths of at least 10 people in two days of clashes, the Associated Press reported. Another 186 people were injured, including police and protesters.

India’s capital has been rocked by violence and demonstrations since parliament approved a new citizenship law in December that would allow a speedy naturalization process for many foreign-born religious minorities but not Muslims.

Trump said he was aware of the protests but did not discuss it with Modi. “I don’t want to discuss that,” Trump told reporters. “I want to leave that to India and hopefully they’re going to make the right decision for the people.”

During Trump’s visit, the two countries did not manage to bridge differences over a bilateral trade deal, but observers said the president benefited from 100,000 people of an important country cheering for him, on his first major foreign trips since being acquitted of impeachment charges in the U.S.…