Indian officials have cleaned up and cleaned up the areas of the chicest neighborhoods in preparation for Donald Trump’s two-day visit in the middle of a trade line between the two nations.
Trump and First Lady Melania spend their only night in the country in the Chanakyapuri district of New Dehli.
City officials have cleaned up the area and set up huge blue sails to protect the couple from seeing a slum where more than 2,000 people live. A wall has also been built to protect the slums of Ahmedabad.
But civil servants have not been able to get rid of the growing monkey population, which is looking along the main streets.
A billboard shows India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump prior to the Trumps visit
Trumps are likely to see more monkeys than people visiting India
Rhesus monkeys are a common sight in India
The monkeys are a source of concern, especially at the Taj Mahal, which will visit the first pair on Monday evening. No fewer than 700 rhesus macaques live among the walls and gardens of the 17th-century mausoleum in the city of Agra.
They have so harassed tourists to the nation’s most famous landmark that guards who use catapults are present to ward them off. Extra ‘monkey protection’ is set to
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made cleaning a priority as he prepares to negotiate with Trump about a trade war that erupted after the President charged tariffs on steel and aluminum from India.
India responded with higher rates for agricultural products and restrictions on medical devices in the US.
The visit is meant to give President Trump the grandeur and glamor he prefers.
A monkey seeks food on the riverbank near the Taj Mahal in India, where Donald Trump and his wife are expected to visit Melania next week
Monkey police are present at the Taj Mahal to prevent a diplomatic incident, while the Trumps visit the famous love monument
Trump and Melania’s schedule in India
Monday: Trumps arrive in Ahmedabad
Event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Motera Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium
The first couple then travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal
The first couple then travel to Delhi, where they will spend the night
Tuesday will be ceremonial events, bilateral meetings and business events with Indian investors
Trump has a meet-and-greet with the staff of the embassy
He will have a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Modi
He will meet Ram Nath Kovind, the president of India
The first couple will attend a state dinner at the presidential palace, called Rashtrapati Bhavan
Trumps are leaving for the United States on Tuesday evening
President Trump is accompanied on the trip by daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner – who are advisers at the White House – acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Trade Minister Wilbur Ross, and adviser Stephen Miller.
The only night the first couple will spend in the country is in the chicest and most inclusive area of the capital.
The official residence of Modi is located in this diplomatic enclave of New Delhi, where the American embassy and its private school sit behind enclosed grounds.
Other countries house their embassies in the area, which were established by the British during their reign and have large open spaces, parks and few disruptions of utility.
“If such a large group of monkeys attack the entourage of Donald Trump, it will be a disaster,” said a local resident India today.
Experts say the animals become more aggressive as a growing city encroaches on their natural habitat.
Mummy Bhushan, head of the Taj Mahal security service, said last year that the police had received locally made catapults to ward off the monkeys.
“We discovered that monkeys are frightened by only seeing us waving with these catapults,” he said at the time.
Built by a Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for the grave of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal has 25,000 daily visitors, rising to 80,000 during the peak season.
To ensure that Trump’s journey goes smoothly, Indian officials have also poured fresh water into the Yamuna River that runs along the Taj Mahal to suppress odor caused by raw wastewater and waste dumped into the waterway.
Students paint on canvas faces of President Donald Trump, his wife Melania and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the street in Mumbai
Officials have built a wall in Ahmedabad to hide the slums from the visit of Trumps
The largest cricket stadium in the world will be officially opened on Monday by President Trump
The river is so polluted in some places that no marine life can survive.
Workers also have scrubbed walls and fountains at the white-marble monument, so it will be spiked and stressed for the visit of the Trumps.
It is unusual for the president to visit a cultural site – his travels to other countries are usually focused on meetings with local government officials and companies – but Trump may have a special interest in the Taj Mahal.
During his construction days in the 1980s, he built the Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City. It opened in 1990 and cost nearly $ 1 billion to build.
It was closed in 2014 when the parent company went bankrupt, but eventually remained open under the new ownership. It was sold again in October 2016 at the Hard Rock Cafe and reopened under that name.
The president’s two-day visit to India will begin when he opens the world’s largest cricket stadium in Modi’s home state of Ahmedabad, but that too has been controversial.
Trump and Melania Trump land in Modi’s home state and go from the airport to the under construction Motera Stadium – which after completion will become the largest cricket arena in the world.
The Taj Mahal has been cleaned prior to Trumps’ visit
Artist Jagjot Singh Rubal works on a 7-foot 10-centimeter painting by President Trump
artist Sudarsan Pattnaik bows near his sand sculpture of President Donald Trump and Melania Trump
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump at last year’s ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston
But a 1,640-foot brick wall was quickly built near the stadium, some of which say it is being built to block the view of a slum with more than 2,000 people.
It will protect the president when he arrives at the stadium to attend an event called “Namaste Trump,” which translates to “Greetings, Trump.”
The president has bragged that 7 million people will see him.
“We will have 7 million people between the airport and the event. I understand that the stadium is semi-under construction, but it will be the largest stadium in the world. It will be very exciting, “Trump said last week.
The stadium, built for $ 100 million, is a perfectly round location that promises unobstructed views from every angle. It can accommodate 110,000.
The focus of Trump’s journey is twofold: trade negotiations and the image of the president’s visit prior to the November elections. There are tens of thousands of Indian-American voters.
When Modi visited the United States last year, he and President Trump attended a “Howdy Modi” meeting in Houston that drew a crowd of 50,000 Indians. Trump compared Modi with Elvis Presley during that event.
US-Indian relations have been strained by trade disputes, the president said he hopes to have succeeded in the November elections.
Trump has said that he is hopeful that a deal can be concluded on the day of the election, but that there are no guarantees.
‘We are going to India and we can make a great deal there. Maybe we will slow it down, do it after the election, “he said last week.
And the White House puts pressure on India.
“Whether or not there will be a trade package announcement really depends entirely on what the Indians want to do,” a senior official told reporters in a briefing during the Friday trip.