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Donald Trump protesters target tycoon as he visits Scotland

Tycoon arrived at Turnberry by helicopter and said the EU referendum was an 'amazing vote'.

Donald Trump: Tycoon arrives at Turnberry for official reopening.
Donald Trump: Tycoon arrives at Turnberry for official reopening. SWNS

Donald Trump arrived in Scotland after crowds of protesters gathered outside his golf resort.

The US presidential hopeful arrived by helicopter in South Ayrshire on Friday morning to cut the ribbon at the resort he purchased two years ago, which he claims has undergone a £200m refurbishment.

As he prepared to address the media, the tycoon was interrupted by a prankster who claimed a "new range" of golf balls bearing Nazi swastikas on them were for sale at the course.

Police had been in talks with a number of protest groups ahead of the visit with hundreds of demonstrators gathering at the billionaire's Turnberry golf resort.

After touching down at the resort, he said the EU referendum was an "amazing vote" and said he believed the UK vote was because "people are angry".

He said: "People are angry. People all over the world are angry. Take heart from that and essentially the same thing has happened. They are angry over borders, they are angry over people coming into the country."

The billionaire arrived at Prestwick Airport on Friday morning before making his way to Turnberry. Several bus loads of demonstrators travelled to the resort for Trump's arrival.

As he prepared to speak to the media at the facility, comedian Lee Nelson began to address the crowd while holding up two red golf balls emblazoned with Nazi swastika symbols.

The prankster said: "These are the new balls available from the clubhouse as part of the new Trump Turnberry range. I forgot to hand them out before.

"I'm very sorry Mr Trump. And thank you, I apologise."

Mr Trump could be heard telling his security guards "get him out" as the man attempted to speak to the crowd. A heap of the red swastika golf balls were left lying on the grass in front of the billionaire after the man was escorted from the premises.

It marks Mr Trump's first foreign trip since becoming the presumptive Republican candidate. However, no meetings with UK leaders are on the agenda.

The focus of the trip is business but anti-racism campaigners said they wanted to voice their opposition to Trump, who has courted controversy with suggestions that a wall be built on the US border with Mexico and a temporary ban be introduced on Muslims entering America.

Keir McKechnie, spokesman for Stand Up to Racism Scotland, said: "His message of hate is one that we'll challenge and we would not encourage anyone to support him in his presidency.

"Although this protest happens to be taking place in Scotland, we want to represent people across the whole of the UK and beyond who reject Trump's racism and Islamophobia."

Jonathan Shafi, co-ordinator of Scotland Against Trump, had organised coaches to take protesters to Turnberry.

He said: "We'll be organising a protest which will reflect the broad opinion of Scots that his values are incompatible with ours. The demonstration I think will reflect that very well."

Mr Shafi said Mr Trump's brand is damaging to the Scottish economy but B&B owner Christina Auld believes the property tycoon is "good for the area".

Ahead of his visit, his rival for the presidency Hillary Clinton shared a video on Twitter saying "people in Scotland are not thrilled" about Mr Trump's visit.

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