EDINBURGH – The president of the United States played golf on Saturday at a luxury resort he owns in southwestern Scotland, even as thousands of people took to the streets in Edinburgh and other cities to protest his administration’s policies.
“I have arrived in Scotland and will be at Trump Turnberry for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf – my primary form of exercise!” Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.
Photos published in the British press showed that he did manage to hit the links and play at least a few holes accompanied by his son Eric and several members of his security detail.
The protests began Friday when thousands of people gathered in downtown Glasgow and a Greenpeace activist riding in a microlight dangled a banner with the message “Trump: Well Below Par #Resist” in front of the US president’s Turnberry property.
But they gained in intensity on Saturday with a mass march on the streets of Edinburgh that drew around 50,000 people, organizers said.
The protesters made their way to The Meadows, a downtown park, for a rally known as the “Carnival of Resistance,” aimed at expressing citizens’ rejection of Trump’s four-day visit to the United Kingdom, which began on Thursday.
It was there that a group of activists flew the orange-hued “Trump Baby” balloon, which shows the president as a baby wearing diapers and having a temper tantrum.
Earlier, that same six-meter-tall (20-foot-tall) balloon was flown over downtown London during a mass demonstration on Friday.
Trump and his wife, Melania, were received Friday at Glasgow Prestwick Airport by Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell and will spend the weekend at Trump Turnberry, a golf resort on the coast of the outer Firth of Clyde in southwestern Scotland.
They will not participate in any official functions nor meet with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, who has been openly critical of Trump’s immigration policies.
Trump’s stay in the UK will conclude Sunday, when he will head to Finland for a meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.