“Do you want to do a press conference now?” Trump joked to the traveling reporters. “Have any questions about anything?”
He called the the Taj Mahal “truly incredible” before turning around to observe its majesty, holding hands with the first lady, who called it “lovely, beautiful.”
“One of you is going to get a Pulitzer for this,” Trump said to photographers as he posed for a photo in front of the reflecting pool with a smiling Melania Trump.
Like many of the stops along Trump’s brief trip, officials took extreme care in preparations for his Taj Mahal visit. Fresh water was funneled into the adjacent Yamuna River to dilute its usual smell, according to local reports.
Roads between the Taj Mahal and the nearby airport were cleared, pavements were leveled, footpaths “beautified,” walls painted a uniform color, and the roads sprinkled with water to ensure that dust didn’t fly up when Trump’s convoy drives past, said Rajiv Rathi, executive engineer at the environment department of Agra Municipal Corporation.
“We have also put in barricades for people to stand behind and flower pots for decoration,” he said, adding that authorities are “expecting around 30,000 people on the road to Taj Mahal when Trump arrives.”
Trump also received a key to the city of Agra.
“This is a long standing tradition, whenever any dignitary comes to the city we give them a key to the city and he is the mayor of the city for the day, we will be giving a key to President Trump as well,” Rathi said.
The Trumps paused for several moments as they walked along the Taj Mahal’s reflecting pool and spent more than 15 minutes inside the marble mausoleum, according to reporters traveling with the President.
CNN’s Esha Mitra contributed to this report.