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Trump picks date

Bal­moral visit on cards

- BY JEN­NIFER MCKIERNAN WESTMINSTE­R RE­PORTER U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Donald Trump · London · United Kingdom · White House · Executive Office of the President of the United States · United States of America · Scotland · National Park Service · Elizabeth II · Queen · Menie · Aberdeenshire · Arbeidersparty · Lewis Macdonald · The Queen · Liberal Democrats · Mike Rumbles · Deeside · Kincardine · Andrew Bowie · Liberal Party of Australia

Mem­bers of a num­ber of Con­ser­va­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions have called for Don­ald Trump to by­pass Lon­don and visit Bal­moral in­stead on his UK trip this sum­mer.

The White House has con­firmed the Pres­i­dent of the USA will visit the UK on Fri­day July 13 but fur­ther de­tails are yet to be con­firmed.

The Bow Group and five other Con­ser­va­tive groups called on Mr Trump to visit Bal­moral Cas­tle on Royal Dee­side in an open let­ter.

They have raised fears of any vis­its south of the bor­der be­ing over­shad­owed by protest and vi­o­lence.

The group said: “We note your most re­cent visit to the United King­dom was to Scot­land, which passed with­out in­ci­dent.

“Your an­ces­tral home­land of Scot­land rep­re­sents a pow­er­ful bond be­tween you and Bri­tain and given the na­ture of the cli­mate in Lon­don it is a su­pe­rior des­ti­na­tion.

“As you know, the Royal Es­tate of Bal­moral Cas­tle sits in Scot­land’s Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park, thus al­low­ing you to make a full state visit as the guest of the Her Majesty the Queen.”

A spokesman for the prime min­is­ter re­fused to rule out the pos­si­bil­ity Mr Trump could visit Bal­moral or else­where in Scot­land, in­clud­ing his golf course at Me­nie out­side Aberdeen.

He said: “We’re not con­firm­ing any de­tails about lo­ca­tion for se­cu­rity rea­sons.”

West Aberdeen­shire and Kin­car­dine MP Andrew Bowie, who has Bal­moral Cas­tle in his con­stituency, said the let­ter was “spec­u­la­tion” but added Mr Trump would be wel­come.

“Trump has vis­ited the north-east on many oc­ca­sions and is con­tribut­ing to the econ­omy,” he said. “He is wel­come, just as any vis­i­tor is, to this beau­ti­ful part of the world.”

North-east Labour MSP Lewis Mac­don­ald, how­ever, said Mr Trump had “shred­ded his own rep­u­ta­tion in Scot­land just as much as he has done in Lon­don”.

“These are lonely voices on the far fringes of Bri­tish pol­i­tics, who are no more qual­i­fied to invite Don­ald John Trump to Scot­land than they are to in­flict his com­pany on Her Majesty The Queen,” he said.

North-east Lib Dem MSP Mike Rum­bles added: “While peo­ple are en­ti­tled to give their sup­port to Pres­i­dent Trump if they wish, the Royal Fam­ily should not be drawn into this.”

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 ??  ?? VISIT: A spokesman for Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has not rulled out Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump vis­it­ing Scot­land when he comes to the UK
VISIT: A spokesman for Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has not rulled out Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump vis­it­ing Scot­land when he comes to the UK

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