From the capital of Edinburgh to seaside golf resorts, thousands in Scotland staged colorful, peaceful protests against President Donald Trump on Saturday as he played golf at one of his luxury retreats.
On the beach outside the resort, a dozen demonstrators staged a “protest picnic,” chanting “Trump is a racist! Trump is a liar!” as hotel guests played golf just 100 yards away. A line of police, some on horseback, separated the protesters from the golf course. Snipers were also perched atop a nearby tower overlooking the vast property.
Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump are spending the weekend out of the spotlight at his Scottish golf resort at Turnberry, on the western coast, ahead of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
Follow the latest developments from Saturday below.
CBS News’ Jeff Glor interviews Trump in Scotland
“CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor spoke with President Trump on Saturday, July 14, for an interview at the Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland ahead of Mr. Trump’s Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
An excerpt of the interview will air Sunday, July 15, on “Face the Nation” on the CBS Television Network.
After the president returns from Europe, he will sit down with Glor for a follow-up interview at the White House on Wednesday, July 18, that will air that night on the “CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor” (6:30-7 PM, ET).
Trump protesters speak out
At his golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, President Trump seemed unfazed by a handful of demonstrators. At a rally in Glasgow on Friday, protester Martin Heaney explained why the president isn’t welcome here.
“How do his policies affect you as a resident of Scotland?” CBS News asked.
“He’s the president of the United States, and obviously when we’re dying of climate change because he’s pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, that’s going to affect me. That’s going to affect you,” Heaney said.
The president has supporters here, too. In the town of Maybole, gift-shop owner Libby Kerr and her mother Lorna say Mr. Trump has created jobs since he took over the Turnberry resort in 2014,
“I know loads of people who go there and loads of people who work there,” Libby said.
But at “The Maybole Arms,” owner Callum Mckelvie complained that guests at the resort rarely visit local businesses and the resort is too expensive for most residents.
“Baby Donald” blimp flies over Edinburgh march
The last of the thousands of anti-Trump protesters in Edinburgh have arrived at The Meadows, a park in the Scottish capital where a giant balloon depicting President Donald Trump as an angry orange baby is floating in the air.
The 20-foot tall balloon has become a symbol of the protests against the U.S. president’s first official visit to Britain. Many of the demonstrators carried placards bearing images of the “Baby Donald” balloon, along with the slogan “Dump Trump.”
One protester, posing as Spider-Man, carried a placard reminding the president that “with power comes responsibility.”
It took two hours for the march to weave its way through the city Saturday, much to the amusement of tourists and motorists, who beeped their horns in support.
The anti-Trump carnival spirit, complete with a choir, bagpiper and tambourine band, continued at the park with more speeches, poetry readings and music.
Protest picnic staged near Trump’s Scotland resort
A dozen demonstrators have staged a protest picnic on the beach in front of the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland where President Trump is spending the weekend with the first lady. They chanted “Trump is a racist! Trump is a liar!” as other hotel guests played golf just 100 yards away Saturday.
Separating the protesters from the golf course was a line of police, some on horses. Snipers were also perched atop a nearby tower overlooking the vast property.
The resort is one of two golf hotels owned by Mr. Trump in Scotland. More anti-Trump protests are taking place Saturday in other parts of Scotland, including one with some 10,000 people in Edinburgh.
Tens of thousands also protested in London on Friday against the U.S. president’s first official visit to Britain.
2 arrested at right-wing, pro-Trump protests in London
British police arrested a man and a woman at a right-wing protest in London, where people supporting a prominent right-wing activist were joined by a “Welcome Trump” rally.
The small rally supporting Mr. Trump — in Scotland after visiting London — joined the “Free Tommy Robinson” protest Saturday in London’s Whitehall. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, founded an anti-Muslim group and was jailed for contempt of court after broadcasting outside a criminal trial in May.
Scotland Yard had imposed restrictions on both rallies “due to concerns of serious public disorder and disruption.” It said a June rally by the “Free Tommy” group resulted in serious violence in London and led to nine arrests. The force said the two arrested Saturday were suspected of public order offenses.
Trump hits the links and waves at protesters
Mr. Trump is hitting the links at the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland where he is spending the weekend.
Some journalists saw the president playing golf. BBC reporter Frankie McCamley posted footage on Twitter of Mr. Trump — dressed in black and wearing a white cap — waving at protesters in the distance as they shouted “No Trump, No KKK, No Racist USA!”
Mr. Trump then resumes his game.
Portions of the golf course are visible from a beach where protesters gathered to oppose Mr. Trump’s visit. A line of police officers separated them from the course.
Dozens protest outside Trump golf resorts
Dozens of protesters have rallied outside Mr. Trump’s golf resorts in Scotland to protest his visit.
Most of those protesting outside the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, on the eastern coast of Scotland, were peaceful. One woman climbed onto a wall surrounding the golf resort, before she was helped down by police.
Others are demonstrating outside another Trump golf resort in western Scotland’s Turnberry, where the president is staying for a private visit this weekend.
New Yorker Ibis Robinson, who has lived in Scotland for years, said she came to stand up against “the hatred and bigotry against anyone who isn’t white.”
“There’s no way I’m going back,” the 61-year-old said. “Even if he’s only there for four years, every four years we have an election and there are 67 million people who support him, so what are the chances that this is the end? That’s the worrisome thing.”
10,000 people march through capital of Scotland
Protesters marched in Edinburgh Saturday, while police tried to find a paraglider who breached a no-fly zone and flew a protest banner over the golf resort where Mr. Trump is staying. A police helicopter almost drowned out the chants of the protesters in the Scottish capital as they were planning to launch into the sky the giant “Baby Donald” balloon — depicting the president as an angry orange baby.
The same balloon flew over anti-Trump protests in London on Friday, when thousands crammed the streets of the British capital.
Jonathon Shafi, of the group Scotland Against Trump, said he wanted to show solidarity with Americans against Mr. Trump.
“It’s not acceptable that a president talks about grabbing women, separates children from their families and gives encouragement to fascist, racists, misogynists and homophobes,” he said. “We are not anti-American, just against Trump and his divisive regime.”
Eli Roth, 56, from California but living in Edinburgh, said he doubts the U.S. president will take notice. “I don’t think anything gets the message across to Trump, but I hope demonstrations like these encourage people in the States to fight the Trump regime,” he said. “We need to show that there are people outside America who care about what is happening and that Trump has a global impact.”
Search on for paraglider who flew over resort
Scottish police say they are trying to trace a paraglider who flew a Greenpeace protest banner over the golf resort that Mr. Trump is staying at. Detective Inspector Stephen McCulloch said the protester breached a no-fly zone over the Turnberry hotel and committed a criminal offense.
Greenpeace said the glider carried a banner reading “Trump: Well Below Par” on Friday night to protest his environmental and immigration policies. The group claimed that the protest forced Mr. Trump to take cover, with a statement saying “as the glider appears overhead the president can be seen making for the entrance breaking into a trot.”
It said it had informed police about the stunt 10 minutes before the glider arrived.
Trump spending weekend at Scotland golf course
Mr. Trump arrived in Scotland on Friday and will spend the weekend at his Turnberry resort, ahead of his meeting with Putin.
Mr. Trump said in a tweet Saturday he “will be at Trump Turnberry for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf – my primary form of exercise!”
The last time Mr. Trump traveled to Scotland was in 2016, hours after the Brexit vote and shortly after he became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. He created a media maelstrom as he held court with the press, compared pro-Brexit voters to his own supporters and mixed campaigning with business promotion in a way that was signature Trump.
This time, his trip is likely to be less dramatic.
Source: CBS News