The United States President Donald Trump is likely to be served a ‘Trump platter’ comprising signature dishes from ITC Maurya’s restaurant Bukhara with a little customisation during his maiden visit to India.
However, the restaurant has not revealed anything about the arrangements made for Trump including the food.
Former US president Barack Obama, who had visited India twice in 2010 and 2015, had been served the ‘Obama Platter’. Dishes from his signature platter including macchli tikka, murg boti bukhara, tandoori jhinga and kebabs were added to the restaurant’s menu.
The suite has already stocked up on Diet Coke and Cherry Vanilla ice-cream, as these two items are President Trump’s favourites. He is a known lover of Diet Coke. Bacon and eggs are also Trump’s favourite food which he prefers in the meal. The American favourite, meatloaf is also close to Trump’s heart.
It may be mentioned that the Bukhara restaurant has served several heads of states including former US presidents and has not altered its menu for the last 41 years.
Trump will become the fourth US President to stay at the Grand Presidential Suite or the Chanakya Suite of the ITC Maurya on Sardar Patel Marg in the national capital. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kusher will also stay in the same hotel. Other dignitaries who have previously stayed in the hotel include the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, King Abdullah and the Sultan of Brunei.
The Bukhara restaurant had introduced ‘Clinton platter’ and ‘Chelsea platter’ during the visit of Bill Clinton to India.
Routes decorated with flowers of Rs 3.7 crore
Tulips and multi-colour hybrid dahlias besides floral boards have been adorned various prominent spots including the iconic Parliament building, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Diplomatic Enclave and even roundabouts in the National Capital to welcome the US President and other dignitaries, an official said.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has reportedly spent over Rs 3.7 crore to decorate the stretch from Chimmanbhai Patel Bridge to Zundel Circle and up to Motera with flowers to welcome Trump.
From Ahmedabad, Trump will travel to Agra before arriving at the national capital for the main leg of the visit.
Gifts for Trump
India has also prepared a list of gifts for the US president. Trump will be gifted a spinning wheel, two books on the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi and a portrait of the Father of the Nation during his visit to the Sabarmati Ashram on February 24th, 2020. Trump is also likely to be gifted an apron with a painting of MF Hussain.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will accompany Trump to the Ashram located on the banks of the river Sabarmati. Trump will be the first US president to visit the Ashram.
The Ashram, also known as Gandhi Ashram, was home to the independence movement leader and peace icon from 1917 to 1930. It is now managed by the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust.
Earlier, Obama had been presented a telegram facsimile, a framed photograph of Marian Anderson’s radio interview in India and a hand-carved wooden Jali box with a small wooden latch.
In 2015, Obama gifted Modi a compilation of speeches made at the World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893. The volume was specially reprinted for Modi. Obama’s gift seemed to have moved PM Modi and sowed the seeds of their friendship.
Heavy security arrangements have been made for President Trump. Despite that, the security agencies are worried about monkeys who create misery in Agra. The security agencies have deployed five langurs (long-tailed monkeys) on the route of Trump’s convoy to tackle the monkey issue.
According to sources, the internal security of Trump and his family is being handled by the American Secret Services, 10 companies of paramilitary forces, 10 companies of PAC and NSG commandos have been deployed for the external security.
No trade deal
No trade deal would be signed during Trump’s visit to India, according to sources. However, during negotiations, PM Modi and Trump are likely to make a commitment to a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
“We do not want to rush into a trade deal during this visit. Any deal between India and the US will have a long-term impact. We would rather look to the future and seek win-win solutions,” a senior diplomat privy to trade negotiations said as quoted by the Firstpost.