Residents living close to the Taj Mahal in India have expressed concerns about, of all things, monkeys harassing tourists, ahead of President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit, reports India Today.
Guards have deployed catapults to fend off the monkeys, though one member of the Central Industrial Security Force said the method would be “completely ineffective” against a large gang of monkeys.
One resident told India Today that the terror of the monkeys was so pervasive that “women and children are scared of going up on the roof of their houses, which have almost been taken over by monkeys.”
“If such a large troop of monkeys attacks Donald Trump's entourage, it will be a disaster," he added.
Superintending Archaeologist Basant Kumar Swarnkar from the Archaeological Survey of India told the news outlet that the number of monkeys around the landmark has come down lately, but still, "the forest department has been requested to ensure that the monkeys stay away from the Taj during Donald Trump's visit."
Trump is set to visit the Taj Mahal on Feb. 24 with the first lady, Melania. His security will be managed by the Secret Service.
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