Trump's stay in Scotland sparks protests

Erika Holt
July 15, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump played golf on Saturday at his course on Scotland's west coast ahead of a summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin that could be overshadowed by accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

The protesters were among the tens of thousands who came out in Scotland and England in opposition to the US President's visit.

Police were still trying to find a paraglider who breached a no-fly zone Friday night and flew a Greenpeace protest banner over the resort.

The president squabbled with Acosta, a White House reporter for the network, at a Friday news conference at the British prime minister's country estate.

After his visit to Scotland, Trump will travel to Helsinki, Finland for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

"Anybody who thinks it's OK to grab women and talk about them like Trump does isn't fit to be a president of anything".

They're gathering right outside Turnberry and his other golf course, the Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire.

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TURNBERRY, Scotland - President Donald Trump, at his luxury seaside golf course here, turned his eye to domestic politics Saturday morning - attacking former President Barack Obama, questioning the Federal Bureau of Investigation, torching CNN and bragging about his 2016 win. We believe that this publicly-owned facility should not be used for Donald Trump's visit.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg - a leading Conservative Brexiteer and considered a potential alternative party leader by some - said it was perfectly reasonable for Trump to make such comments, adding that May now had an opportunity to change her mind on her Brexit plan.

The SNP government overturned the councillors' decision shortly after golf-loving nationalist Alex Salmond took control, kicking off a short and tempestuous bromance with Trump who called Salmond "an wonderful man". Some signs of their said "We Shall Over Comb" and "Dump Trump".

"No Trump, no KKK, no racist United States of America", protesters could be heard saying from their spot near the rough. The activist Leo Murray had originally hoped to fly the balloon, which depicts Trump as an angry baby wearing a nappy, at Turnberry, but Police Scotland denied permission on security grounds.

A protester is seen paragliding towards Donald Trump's Turnberry golf course hotel on July 13.

The president then tweeted that he turned on CNN on his television set at the Trump Turnberry resort, saying he was allowing himself a rare viewing to see if "to see if they covered my takedown yesterday of Jim Acosta (actually a nice guy)".

As the Evening Standard reported, Trump headed to his golf resort after arriving in Scotland for a two-day visit.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard was among those addressing crowds of protesters in Edinburgh.

In Saturday's tweets, Trump cast blame on former President Barack Obama for failing to stop Russian election meddling.

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