Securities are on the watch on Donald Trump’s Turnberry golf course in anticipation of a series of protests by the luxury resort. Snipers could be seen monitoring the situation while police patrolled the grounds and nearby beach as the US leader and his wife began a two-day private stay at the Ayrshire retreat.
Tens of thousands of protestors are set to demonstrate in towns and cities across Scotland, although it is unlikely Trump will care. Mounted police at Trump’s Tunberry golf retreat. This morning he tweeted: ‘I have arrived in Scotland and will be at Trump Turnberry for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf – my primary form of exercise! ‘The weather is beautiful, and this place is incredible! ‘Tomorrow I go to Helsinki for a Monday meeting with Vladimir Putin.’
Trump baby blimp has been transported from England to Scotland and will be flown at a protest this afternoon in Edinburgh. Snipers on security patrol near Turnberry golf club. It prompted Mr Trump to say it made him ‘feel unwelcome’ in London on his second day of a four-day UK visit. Campaigners confirmed the blimp will fly in the Meadows, where a protest march against the US presidents ends. Protester Leo Murray, one of the blimp’s ‘babysitters’, said: ‘We were inundated with messages from friends and allies in Scotland asking us to bring Trump baby up, so we really wanted to make sure that he could be a part of the amazing spread of protests taking place over the weekend.
The city park is the latest location chosen for the giant balloon, after parliamentary officials rejected a request for it to fly at Holyrood. Earlier, plans to fly it above the Trump Turnberry golf course as the president visits there this weekend were blocked due to airspace restrictions. Greenpeace, however, managed an airborne protest in front of the golf resort as they flew a paraglider with the message saying ‘Trump Well Below Par’. A Greenpeace protestor flies by Trump’s golf resort.
Ben Stewart, from the campaign group, said: ‘Theresa May should not have dignified Trump with a visit to the UK. ‘The vast majority of British people are appalled by his words and deeds. He is, simply, the worst president ever. ‘That’s why we flew over him with a message branding him well below par.’ Anti-Trump protestors by the resort in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Various protests are planned to coincide with the US leader’s visit to Scotland, including a national demonstration and ‘carnival of resistance’ in Edinburgh. Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard pledged there would be ‘peaceful, but passionate’ protests against Mr Trump. The Labour politician hit out at Mr Trump for his ‘misogyny, his racism, his bigotry’ as well as his ‘denunciation of climate change and his anti-trade union actions’. The Donald Trump blimp baby is travelling from London to Edinburgh to fly again.
Thousands more campaigners are also set to gather outside the Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire Meanwhile in London, a pro-Trump demonstration is set to be held. Trump started yesterday on a sour note after criticising Prime Minister Theresa May about her Brexit policies. U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May in an awkward press conference.
At their joint press conference he said a US trade deal with the UK was possible and he lavished praise on her. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a fierce critic of Trump, has refused to meet him and he was instead met at Glasgow airport on Friday by the British government’s Scotland minister. Trump also managed to break royal protocol numerous times during tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle. The Queen and Trump met for tea but the US leader managed to break protocol several times.
As he was offending royalty, around 100,000 anti-Trump demonstrators took to the streets of London. It had followed an earlier raucous rally at a women’s march. Last night as Trump landed in Scotland, thousands gathered in Glasgow’s George Square. He last visited Scotland in 2016, where he held a press conference commending the Brexit vote and took reporters on a tour by golf cart. Protesters gather in George Square, Glasgow, yesterday.
Trump is the first modern U.S. leader to maintain ownership and control over his private enterprises while in office, sparking concerns from ethics watchdogs. Trump has already twice referenced the club publicly during his visit to Europe. Despite his approach to US immigration, Trump’s mother, the late Mary MacLeod Trump, was Scottish. She was born on the Isle of Lewis before emigrating to the US in the 1930s.