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President Trump's visit 'not good for Scotland's profile'

Trump expected to spend the weekend playing golf after he arrives on Friday night.

Donald Trump during a previous visit to Scotland.
Donald Trump during a previous visit to Scotland.

Only one in ten Scots believes President Donald Trump's visit will be good for Scotland's profile, an STV News survey has found.

And 40% of those polled said they hoped Trump didn't come to the country.

The President is due to arrive at Prestwick Airport on Friday night and is expected to spend the weekend playing golf at Turnberry, which he owns.

Speaking at a Nato conference in Brussels on Thursday, he said: "I'm going to Scotland, I have Turnberry in Scotland, which is a magical place, one of my favourite places.

"My mother was born in Scotland, I have great friendships over there."

A survey carried out by Scotpulse on behalf of STV News found that just 10% believe the visit to Scotland "will be good for the profile of Scotland".

Asked "how do you feel about Trump's visit?", 30% of respondents said "it's a free country", 13% said they had no view and 9% said they would be out protesting.

Scotpulse interviewed 1061 people in Scotland online on July 9.

They were split on whether First Minister Nicola Sturgeon should meet the President, with 40% saying she should and 40% opposing.

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There are currently no plans for Trump to meet anyone from the Scottish Government, with Scottish Secretary David Mundell due to meet the US leader at Prestwick.

Mr Mundell said he is looking forward to welcoming the President.

He said: "I am looking forward to greeting Mr Trump on behalf of the UK Government when he arrives in Scotland on Friday.

"The UK and the USA have longstanding and important cultural, trade and security bonds.

"The President's visit is an opportunity to strengthen vital links with one of our most important global allies.

"The President's Scots heritage is well known, and I hope he enjoys his visit to Scotland."

Trump will arrive in the UK on Thursday and is due to hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May, meet the Queen and attend a black-tie dinner before flying to Scotland.

'I am looking forward to greeting Mr Trump on behalf of the UK Government when he arrives in Scotland on Friday.'
David Mundell

The first of a series of protests over the President's latest visit was held outside Trump Turnberry on Wednesday.

Around a dozen activists from Stand Up to Racism Scotland (SUTR) brandished banners with the slogans "Trump not welcome" and "No to racism, no to Trump".

Charlotte Ahmed, 57, a teacher and SUTR Glasgow spokeswoman, said she hopes tens of thousands of people will turn out for protests organised up and down the country this weekend.

She said: "He's a racist, he's a misogynist, he's a warmonger, he's a liar and his actions are encouraging racists and fascists all over the world.

"This is a really frightening thing that such a person should be coming to Scotland, this beautiful country.

"We are hoping that hundreds of thousands of people don't want Trump here and we want to make sure that the protests are seen and heard as widely as possible."

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