Trump in Agra: US President Donald Trump visits Taj Mahal and says the United States loves India | India News
Trump, accompanied by his wife, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, arrived here from Ahmedabad.
“Taj Mahal inspires amazement, a timeless testimony of the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture! Thank you, India,” Trump wrote in the guestbook during his visit to Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal, which was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, has been restored for the visit.
President Trump and the First Lady held hands while strolling through the Taj complex and then wrote in the guestbook. They were also informed about the history and importance of the monument.
The visit of the president of the United States to Agra and Taj has generated great emotion among local residents. Some stores have even exhibited their own banners, welcoming Trump to India.
Trump also turned to Twitter to express his feelings about his first official visit to India, which began with a visit to Ahmedabad.
“The first lady and I have traveled 8,000 miles around the world to give a message to every citizen of this country: the United States loves India, the United States respects India and the people of the United States will always be a true and committed friend of the people of India. ” The American leader tweeted in Hindi.
From Kheria’s air base here, Trump’s convoy of more than 30 vehicles drove to the Oberoi Amarvilas hotel near the Taj Mahal complex, while more than 15,000 school students lining both sides of the route held US flags. UU. And India and cheered the president of the United States. UU. by.
Huge billboards with greeting messages and images of Trump, the First Lady and Modi dotted the route of the convoy of almost 13 km while the roundabouts of the streets adorned with US flags. UU. And India symbolized friendship between the USA. UU. And India.
Extensive three-layer security is in place for his visit to Agra, and the authorities had cleared visitors to the Taj Mahal facilities at noon, hours before Trump’s visit to the famous architectural monument.
Trump and the First Lady enjoyed the view of the marble marvel at night while a cool breeze added to the pleasant weather.
They also posed for photos for photographers. The couple will spend approximately one hour in Taj to watch the sunset from the UNESCO heritage site, before heading to Delhi.
The last president of the United States who visited the wonder of the Mughal era was Bill Clinton, who had come to India in 2000. He had seen the Taj along with his daughter Chelsea Clinton.
In 1959, the then president of the United States, David Dwight Eisenhower, had visited Taj along with the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
From massive billboards with greeting messages to street roundabouts adorned with US and Indian flags, Agra had looked forward to welcoming President Trump and the authorities made arrangements to present a “lively Agra” to the visiting president, trying to shake off the old ‘ghost town’ label.
“During Clinton’s visit, the city streets were deserted due to security arrangements, which led him to call it a ‘city of ghosts.’ This time the emotion can be felt in the air,” said Mohit Kumar, who works in a hotel in the Tajganj area. .
“I was very young in 2000 when Clinton visited. We are very excited and happy that another president of the United States has come to our city because civic comforts have been improved,” he said.
Trump arrived in Agra after attending jointly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the mega event ‘Namaste Trump ‘at the newly built Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.
Upon arrival at the air base, more than 250 artists from different parts of Uttar Pradesh performed ‘Mayur dance’, ‘Rai folk dance’, Dhobia folk dance ‘as sound sounds of’ bumrasia ‘nagada, dholak, mridang, added to the festive. environment.
A giant poster with Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Prime Minister Modi greeted the couple with a message: “Great welcome from India’s best friend to the City of Love –Agra”.
Trump was received at the Kheria air base by the governor of Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel, and Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath.
“From the airport, the convoy of the president of the United States traveled to the Oberoi Amarvilas hotel, located near the east gate of the Taj Mahal complex. From there, the president and his family and members of the high-level delegation that accompanied they moved to ecological golf carts to travel to the facilities of the monument, “said a senior official.
According to the instructions of the Supreme Court, vehicles that run on gasoline or diesel are not allowed within 500 m of the Taj Mahal gate.
The architectural marvel inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 is made of white Makrana marble and red sandstones, and is famous for its intricate work of inlays on the stone surface.
Taj Mahal, considered one of the seven wonders of the world, is located on the shore of Yamuna, and is always on the itinerary of visiting heads of state.
In 2015, the then president of the United States, Barack Obama, planned to visit the monument during his visit to India. It is said that he could not do it due to security reasons.