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Trump Taj 2: Nothing like your old casino, Mr President…

What, no slot machines? Donald Trump and wife Melania at the Taj Mahal PICTURE: AP

ONE is a thing of beauty, an iconic symbol of peace and love admired throughout the world. The other is a money-grabbing monstrosity with reported links to organised crime that ended up going bust.

Donald Trump visited the world famous Taj Mahal in the Indian city of Agra yesterday — four years after the casino that bore his name was shut down in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Bad for your wealth: Trump Taj Mahal cost $1billion to build PICTURE: WIREIMAGE
‘I’ll coin it in’: Mr Trump at his casino after it opened in 1990 PICTURE: GETTY
Tale of misfortune: But the resort went bankrupt in 2016 PICTURE: NURPHOTO/GETTY

The US president and first lady Melania enjoyed a sunset tour of the 17th-century mausoleum — built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal and known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Afterwards, he told reporters the Unesco world heritage site was ‘really incredible, an incredible place’.

Warm welcome: Prime minister Narendra Modi PICTURE: EPA

The peaceful setting — monkeys that live at the landmark had been cleared before Mr Trump’s visit — was in stark contrast to the brash Trump Taj Mahal resort. Built at a cost of $1billion and opened in 1990, Mr Trump had described it as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. But it went bankrupt in 2016 — a year after the resort was fined $10million for failing to report suspicious transactions.

Yesterday, Mr Trump was greeted by cheering crowds — many wearing masks with his face on them — as he was welcomed to India by prime minister Narendra Modi in the city of Ahmedabad.

Mr Trump also visited Mahatma Gandhi’s childhood home, where he saw a statue of monkeys representing the Indian independence leader’s mantra of ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’.