Amidst the coronavirus scare, US President Donald Trump opted to embrace Indian culture to greet visiting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Due to coronavirus scare, Trump did Namastey at the White House in Washington on March 12, which they said was necessary in the current times of coronavirus.
Ironically, Varadkar is of Indian origin, joined hands to do namaste when the reporters asked them to greet each other. Interacting with the reporters Trump said, "We did not shake hands today. We looked at each other and said what we are going to do. You know, sort of a weird feeling."
"I just got back from India. And I did not shake any hands there. And it's very easy because they go like this," Trump said as he showed reporters the namaste pose for the second time in quick succession," Trump added.
India and Japan both traditionally greet without physical contact. Trump also said, "They (India and Japan) were ahead of the curve."