Donald Trump, Wife Melania Visit Taj Mahal


U.S President Donald Trump does not usually visit cultural sites on his diplomatic trips, but he took out time on Monday to visit India’s iconic Taj Mahal with his wife, Melania.

The Trumps, who arrived in India for a 36-hour trip, made a stopover at the city of Agra to visit the stunning white marble structure built in the 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favourite queen, Mumtaz Mahal.

READ ALSO:   Two Articles of Impeachment Against Trump Ready, House Democrats Say

The presidential couple and their entourage had an exclusive encounter with the Taj Mahal stray animals were rounded up days before and all other tourists, even those who had booked online months ahead, were barred from the popular site for six hours from noon (0630 GMT), a police spokesman said.

Trump and Melania posed for photographs against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal lit by the mellow evening sun and walked around the complex, accompanied by a guide who informed them of the monument’s history and architecture.

READ ALSO:   Midterm Elections: Democrats Retake US House As Republicans Keep Senate

The couple were seen chatting with each other and occasionally holding hands.

Trump may well have a soft spot for the monument. Way back in 1990 he had named a casino and hotel in Atlantic City now sold  the Trump Taj Mahal.

“The Taj Mahal inspires awe, A timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of India’s culture, Thank you India!’’ the Trumps wrote in the visitors’ book, which they both signed.

READ ALSO:   COVID-19: Trump Administration Backs Down On Plan To Bar Int'l Students From US

The couple’s visit may have been brief, but the Archaeological Survey of India which oversees the monument and the Agra city administration and police have been hard at work for weeks to ensure the VIP visitors had a smooth visit and saw the Taj Mahal at its best.

“All stray animals in the area  cows, dogs and monkeys  were rounded up and removed,’’ Agra Police spokesman Subhash Chand said.

READ ALSO:   Britain Set To Ban China's Huawei From 5G, Wins Trump's Applause

Monkeys are known to occasionally attack visitors at the Taj Mahal.

Yellowing parts of the monument along with the graves of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal were given mud pack treatment , which is very much like the clay facials women get at a beauty parlour.

Large numbers of potted flowering plants were placed around the grounds almost overnight.

READ ALSO:   Capitol Riot: Court Pauses Release Of Trump White House Documents

The usually sluggish Yamuna river that flows behind the monument got a fresh infusion of water from a nearby dam.

Trump’s daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump also posed with her husband Jared Kushner against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal.

U.S security personnel could be seen keeping a sharp eye around the empty compound as the Trump entourage moved around.

READ ALSO:   Breaking! We’re Heading To Supreme Court, Says Trump [#USElection2020]

The complex is usually teeming with visitors. It is India’s top tourist attraction and draws 7 to 8 million visitors annually.


Subscribe to Our VIP Newsletter


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here