Trump trip slammed by Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MP

The likelihood that President Trump will visit Scotland in the autumn in a controversial change of plan has angered MP Stuart McDonald.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 4:27 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:11 am

Mr McDonald said that he is opposed to the State visit which had originally been scheduled chiefly for London in June

The change of date is said to stem from the president’s own desire for a ‘cooling off’ period and his belief that a predominately Scottish setting for the visit is the best means of avoiding mass protest.

However, Mr McDonald believes that in fact, this could seriously backfire - because levels of opposition to Mr Trump’s presidency are arguably too great here.

The Scottish Nationalist said: “I continue to oppose the President’s planned visit as do more than 2000 of my constituents who have signed the petition for the state visit to be cancelled.

“Only two American presidents have been afforded the huge honour of a state visit and it’s completely unjustifiable to roll out the red carpet for Mr Trump after his increasingly xenophobic rhetoric.

“If the UK Government believe that moving the much of the planned visit to Scotland will shield President Trump from protesters, then they are deeply misguided

“They obviously missed the huge demonstrations in Glasgow, Edinburgh and right across the country.”

Mr Trump whose mother Mary was from Stornoway last visited Scottish soil last June, the day after the Brexit result was announced - when he paid a call to his golf resort, Trump Turnberry.