Donald Trump waves at protesters as he tees off at Turnberry

Geraldine Edwards
July 15, 2018

Thousands of anti-Donald Trump campaigners descended on the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Saturday for a demonstration against the U.S. president's visit. They were shouting from the perimeter of his Ayrshire golf complex as he played a round of golf.

Mr Trump's visit was met with large protests, with more expected in Scotland where the president will visit a golf course that he owns.

Scores of anti-Trump protesters also turned out in London during Trump's visit to England earlier this week.

On the eastern side of Scotland, dozens of others protested Saturday outside Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen.

Among the placards carried by campaigners in George Square were messages against the United States president's policies including "Give the weans Irn Bru not iron cages" while others urged him to go home, with signs saying "Bolt ya rocket and make Scotland great again".

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NPR's Alice Fordham spoke with comedian Janey Godley, a prominent Trump critic, who said many Scots admired the locals who demonstrated against Trump.

Discord over a golf course dating back over a decade means there is little love lost between Donald Trump and the pro-independence government in Scotland, where he will be teeing off over the weekend during his visit to Britain.

Edinburgh is located about 120 miles south of Aberdeen, where Trump is staying at his luxury Turnberry golf resort. Retired schoolteacher Helen Broussard, 70, was holding up an anti-Trump placard that read, "Yer jaiket's oana shoogly pet, Donnie" - "Your jacket is on a wobbly peg" - meaning roughly that the president is on his way out.

Flying restrictions have been put in place around the resort and nearby Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which was bought by Scottish ministers in 2013.

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"We need to show that there are people outside America who care about what is happening and that Trump has a global impact", Roth said in the AP report.

The demonstrators gathered at The Meadows, a park in the Scottish capital where a giant balloon depicting President Donald Trump as an angry orange baby floated in the air. "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it". Godley said that Scottish people had grit to them, and did not care to be bullied.

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

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