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An Indian company sent 6,000 bags of green tea to Donald Trump to “cleanse” him

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By Manu Balachandran
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An Indian company has sent some 6,000 bags of India’s famed Assam green tea to Donald Trump to help him “purify” his mind.

Kolkata-based TE-A-ME, expects that the tea would last the presumptive Republican presidential nominee four years, if he drinks three cups a day. The five-kilo (11-pound) package was sent to Trump Towers in New York.

“Dear Mr Trump, namaste from India, we are sending you lots and lots of natural green tea,” TE-A-ME said in an online video. “It fights against harmful free radicals. It helps purify mind and body and regain a healthy balance. It has also proven to make people smarter. Please Mr Trump drink the tea. For your sake, for America’s sake, for the world’s sake.”

TE-A-ME has also said that it would be happy to send more tea bags to Trump, who is expected to be nominated by the Republican Party next week as its official candidate.

“I would like to offer you a little something to help you prepare for the task that lies ahead—four years’ supply of TE-A-ME Green Tea. Green tea is packed with goodness and is proven to help achieve well-being and increased productivity,” the company said in a note that accompanied the consignment.

TE-A-ME is a signature brand of the 70-year-old Madhu Jayanti International Limited, which claims to sell 10 million tea cups everyday across 42 countries. ”We aren’t doing any sort of marketing gimmick with the attempt,” Sumit Shah, executive director at TE-A-ME explained. “In fact, we do not even sell in the US. Our focus is on markets such as Europe, West Africa, India and Russia. All we are doing with this campaign is to take a Gandhian and polite approach to urge Trump to detox a little and think clearly.”

Trump’s global fame has meant that others in India have also begun to use his name to find publicity. In June, right-wing group Hindu Sena planned a huge celebration for Trump’s birthday, but the event was mostly a damp squib, with journalists outnumbering fans.

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