The last time Donald Trump visited Scotland was in 2016, hours after the Brexit vote and shortly after he became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. This time his trip is likely to be less dramatic, as he spends the weekend out of the limelight preparing for his high-stakes summit with Vladimir Putin.
Knowing Trump, there is likely to be some golf on the programme as well. As reported by AP, Trump has long professed a special connection to Scotland, the land of his mother’s birth. Trump’s mother, born Mary McLeod, was born in Stornoway, a place Trump has described as “serious Scotland.” He said his mother adored the queen and the “pomp and circumstance” of events like royal weddings.
Trump owns two-championship-level golf resorts in the country, including the seaside golf course, Turnberry. But ever since he ventured into Scotland a dozen years ago, Trump has been losing money and waging battles with long term residents, wind farms and local politicians. Trump has also faced endless opposition as he has worked to renovate the Turnberry resort on the west coast and expand Trump International Golf Links Scotland, in Aberdeen.
This time, anti-Trump organisations have planned a series of protests, among them: a “carnival of resistance” outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on July 14th, expected to attract busloads of protesters from across the country. Other smaller demonstrations are also planned, including outside the president’s golf courses. Police Scotland has drafted 5,000 officers to provide extra security at a cost of up to £5 million ($6.6 million).