Back in Scot­land:


HE is the tar­get of protests across Scot­land – but that didn’t stop Don­ald Trump talk­ing about his fond­ness for the land of his mother’s birth af­ter his plane landed at Prest­wick air­port last night.

Ever one to make an en­trance, the US Pres­i­dent ar­rived an hour later than ex­pected as Air Force One touched down.

Hun­dreds of pro­test­ers and plane spot­ters could be seen across the tar­mac, wait­ing for a glimpse of the pres­i­den­tial air­craft as it landed at around 8.20pm yesterday.

Re­porters and pho­tog­ra­phers wait­ing on the tar­mac were only treated to a glimpse as Mr Trump left the plane with

First Lady Me­la­nia Trump and en­tered the pres­i­den­tial car, re­splen­dent with US and Scot­tish flags.

He also met David Mun­dell, the Scot­tish Sec­re­tary of State, as he left the plane.

Mr Mun­dell said of the meet­ing: “I wanted to make it clear that he was be­ing wel­comed to Scot­land as the Pres­i­dent of the United States, that we value the strong re­la­tion­ship he has between Scot­land and the United States of Amer­ica.”

And ac­cord­ing to the

Scot­tish Sec­re­tary, Mr Trump was quick to talk about his deep af­fec­tion for Scot­land.

“Mr Trump said that he had been in Scot­land many times be­fore, he was very pleased to be here as Pres­i­dent,” he said.

“He ob­vi­ously feels very strongly about his mother’s Scot­tish her­itage and he’s look­ing for­ward to play­ing golf at Turn­berry.i know it to be the case that peo­ple in and around the Turn­berry area and in the ho­tel com­plex do very much wel­come the in­vest­ment that he’s put in to the ho­tel and the re­fur­bish­ment of the course.”

It is thought the Pres­i­dent will spend the week­end play­ing golf at the £34 mil­lion Turn­berry golf re­sort.

His mother, Mary Anne Ma­cleod, was born in the vil­lage of Tong be­fore em­i­grat­ing to New York in the 1930s, though many fam­ily mem­bers still re­side on the He­bridean is­land.

How­ever, it is un­likely Mr Trump will visit his “an­ces­tral” home on Lewis.

Ear­lier, mo­tor­cades of po­lice could be seen pa­trolling the nearby roads, while swathes of Scot­tish po­lice of­fi­cers

He feels very strongly about his mother’s Scot­tish her­itage

ap­peared at in­ter­vals around the perime­ter of the air­port.

Two grey US Air Force jets were at one point parked on the run­way, while Po­lice Scot­land he­li­copters were out in force.

As part of the mas­sive se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion, men in black suit jack­ets were spread across the vast ar­eas of tar­mac.

Also vis­i­ble on the run­way were what ap­peared to be three armed guards on a scaf­fold tower.

Mr Trump’s visit has been crit­i­cised over the high se­cu­rity costs in­volved, in­clud­ing an es­ti­mated £5mil­lion to keep him safe in Scot­land.

Mr Mun­dell said: “Un­for­tu­nately these days, there’s al­ways go­ing to be this very high de­gree of se­cu­rity re­quired and that comes at a cost.

“But our re­la­tion­ship with the United States is re­ally im­por­tant eco­nom­i­cally, cul­tur­ally, tourism-wise, so I’m sure this will be a pro­duc­tive visit.”

Com­ment­ing on the protests that Mr Trump had pro­voked across Scot­land and the UK, Mr Mun­dell added: “We have an open democ­racy here, peo­ple are en­ti­tled to say what they want and con­vey what­ever mes­sage that they want.

“That’s the great thing about our coun­try, it’s an open democ­racy and every­one is en­ti­tled to have their say.”

Mr Trump, a bil­lion­aire, has fre­quently crossed the At­lantic to pro­mote his prop­er­ties in Scot­land and has also spo­ken fondly of his fam­ily ties to the coun­try.

On his last visit he vis­ited Trump In­ter­na­tional Golf Links at Me­nie in 2016 when he reopened it af­ter a re­vamp.

„ Don­ald Trump, who was en route to Turn­berry, was wel­comed to Scot­land by Scot­tish Sec­re­tary David Mun­dell.

„ Touch­ing down... Air Force One lands at Prest­wick Air­port.

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