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Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump plays golf in Scotland before Putin summit amid Russian meddling charges

Trump plays golf in Scotland before Putin summit amid Russian meddling charges

People in London take to the streets to protest against the U-S president's visit to Britain.

As Trump arrived on Friday evening, a paragliding protester breached a no-fly zone, with a banner reading: "Trump: well below par #resist".

From the capital of Edinburgh to seaside golf resorts, thousands in Scotland staged colorful, peaceful protests against Donald Trump on Saturday as the US president played golf at one of his luxury retreats. The vast majority of British people are appalled by his words and deeds.

Mr Trump and Mrs May clashed on immigration in the news conference, with the President saying it had been "very bad" for Europe and was changing the continent's culture.

He claimed to receive thousands of messages from Brits who supported him, and praised a west London pub for renaming itself the Trump Arms.

Though the individual who flew the aircraft has not been identified, law enforcement are reportedly looking for a suspect.

They demonstrated as the USA president teed off on the fairways of his Turnberry golf resort on the Ayrshire coast.

As the President arrived for a private round of golf at his Scottish golf resort, before he flies to Helsinki to meet Vladimir Putin, demonstrators gathered outside the resort, as well as in Edinburgh for another day of protests.

Trump, who met British Prime Minister Theresa May in Chequers, said he has asked for a fair trade deal with the US.

The so-called Chequers plan, which would keep the U.K. aligned with the European Union on many trade regulations, "will definitely affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way", Trump told the newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch.

In Edinburgh, a police helicopter nearly drowned out the chants of the protesters, who plan to launch into the sky the giant "Baby Donald" balloon - depicting the president as an angry orange baby.

Mr Trump is on a two day a private visit to Scotland following his arrival in the United Kingdom on Thursday for meetings with Theresa May and the Queen.

In a tweet, Trump said he is in Scotland for "two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf-my primary form of exercise!"

Protests are expected across Scotland over the weekend, including at his golf courses as well as at Glasgow's George Square and in the capital, Edinburgh. "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". Trump declared on Twitter Saturday morning.

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 awesome spread of protests taking place over the weekend".

"I think it's very important we offer the person in that office the appropriate welcome to Scotland and I think we've done that".

"What Trump does and says in America is a matter for the Americans".

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