Police Scotland have ‘made plans’ for any visit by President Trump
POLICE Scotland has “arrangements” in place to deal with the fall-out from any future visit from Donald Trump.
It comes after reports suggested the US president is expected to visit Scotland on his trip to the UK this summer.
Scottish community safety minister Annabelle Ewing confirmed preparations were under way, but said she had not been made aware of any visit.
She said: “I should make it clear that, at this time, the UK Government does not advise the Scottish Government of any proposed visit to Scotland. However, we remain in contact regarding the development of the itinerary for the president’s visit.
“There is no law in Scotland that stops people from protesting peacefully. Police Scotland has confirmed that arrangements are in place to police any visit in a way that maintains the public’s right to protest peacefully while enforcing existing laws as necessary.”
Mr Trump is expected to arrive in the UK on July 13, but the full itinerary for his trip is not yet known. However, there is widespread speculation the former tycoon – who owns golf resorts in Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire – will make a visit north of the border.
Right-wing supporters in Scotland have urged the president, whose mother was born on the Isle of Lewis, to ditch London in favour of his “ancestral home”.
Donald Trump may visit Scotland in July.