Trump in India: 'We Are All Born ... to Give All Glory to God'

Michael W. Chapman | February 25, 2020 | 10:56am EST
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( -- While speaking to an estimated 110,000 people at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India on Monday, President Donald Trump stressed that "our nations have many differences" but "every person has a sacred soul" and "we are all born" to aim high and "give all glory to God."

At the stadium, where the massive crowd had waited hours for the arrival of President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the 45th president of the United States said, "While our nations have many differences, they are both defined and propelled by a fundamental truth: the truth that all of us are blessed with divine light, and every person is endowed with a sacred soul."

"As the great religious teacher, Swami Vivekananda, once said -- 'The moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in Him, that moment I am free,'" said the president.

"In America and in India, we know that we are all born for a higher purpose: to reach toward our fullest potential, to work toward excellence and perfection, and to give all glory to God," said Trump.

"Powered by this spirit," he added, "Indians and Americans are always striving to be greater, our people are always seeking to be better, and so our nations have become thriving centers of culture and commerce and civilization, giving light and vitality to all of the world."

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According to the Pew Research Center, India's population is 1.4 billion people, "almost one-sixth of the world's population." By 2050, India's population will be about 1.7 billion. Among that population will be 1.3 billion Hindus, 311 million Muslims, 37 million Christians (Protestant and Catholic), and 46 million "other" religious followers, including Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains and Jews. 

Commenting on President Trump's remarks, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham said, "Thank you President Trump for not being afraid to mention the name of God and seek to give Him the glory as you address our nation and the world. Christians across America continue to pray for you, Melania, and your family."

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