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Donald Trump 'would not be bothered' if Scottish Muslim visited US

Published 25/06/2016

Donald Trump on the golf links at Balmedie
Donald Trump on the golf links at Balmedie

Donald Trump has said "he wouldn't be bothered" by Scottish Muslims visiting the United States if he becomes president.

The presumptive Republican nominee was asked to clarify his proposed ban on Muslim immigration during a visit to his golf resort in Aberdeenshire.

Mr Trump - whose arrival by helicopter was preceded by a protest group carrying Mexican flags in response to his plans to build a wall at the border - also insisted he has "tremendous popularity" in the area and in Ayrshire, where he opened his revamped Turnberry course on Friday.

During a tour of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, the billionaire was asked: "You gave a speech last week on the Muslims, in your response to the latest shooting (in Orlando) and you said that countries linked to Islamic terrorism would be blocked, so a Muslim coming from Scotland, have you tweaked your policy on that also?"

He replied: "It wouldn't bother me."

The presidential hopeful's controversial policies have attracted high levels of criticism in the UK, with almost 587,000 people signing a petition to ban him.

Protesters said he is not welcome, claiming he has ''ramped up levels of racism, Islamophobia, and bigotry'' during his bid for the White House.

Asked about the Mexican flags being flown from houses bordering the course, Mr Trump said: "I didn't see it. We have great popularity in this area and obviously we have great popularity around Turnberry. But we have tremendous popularity here.

"We may have one or two people but we have tremendous popularity."

Mr Trump landed on his helicopter on the 10th fairway, before leading dozens of reporters on a roving press conference around the course.

Journalists and photographers followed him in golf carts, as he stopped to answer questions and have pictures taken on the 13th, 14th and 18th tees.

He rejected any suggestion that his visit had been snubbed by political leaders.

When asked if First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had refused her invitation to visit Turnberry, he replied: "No I don't think so."

"I really don't know, I've never met her. I'm sure she's very nice, it's just I've never met her.

"No I haven't asked to meet with her."

Mr Trump went on to tell a reporter from, "I don't want people coming in from certain countries - I don't want people coming in from the terror countries.

"You have terror countries! I don't want them, unless they're very, very strongly vetted."

Mr Trump later set off from the resort's clubhouse driving a golf cart, with passengers Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall.

The reason for the media tycoon and his wife's visit was not clear.

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