Group opposed to Trump visiting Scotland holds first meeting
The US president has said he would ‘love’ to visit the UK and does not care about the prospect of protests by opponents.
A coalition group opposed to any potential visit to Scotland by US President Donald Trump has held its first meeting.
The Scotland United Against Trump meeting was attended by Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and Patrick Harvie, leader of the Scottish Greens.
They were also joined by a group of trades unions.
The meeting on Wednesday acknowledged there has been no confirmation of a visit but was united in supporting a massive protest should it happen.
Officials from Unite Scotland, Unison, the CWU and the GMB all supported marching behind the Scotland United Against Trump banner.
Pat Rafferty, Scottish secretary of Unite, said: “Unite are pleased to have hosted this inaugural meeting.
“Of course this is early stages as we don’t know if President Trump will visit the UK and if he does, whether he will reach Scotland in his travels.
“We are confident we can build an opposition coalition to Donald Trump so that he’ll know that, should his feet touch the ground here, he’ll know he isn’t welcome.”
The event, at Unite Scotland’s headquarters in Glasgow, was also attended by the Muslim Council of Scotland, the Scotland against Trump Group, the Campaign for Socialism, Stand Up to Racism, and Unite Scotland Community.
Mr Trump said last month he would “love” to visit the UK and does not care about the prospect of protests by opponents.
Downing Street announced that Mr Trump would be making his first working trip to the UK as US president later this year.
Mr Leonard said: “I am appalled at the prospect of President Trump coming to this country on a state visit. It is my view, and that of the Scottish Labour Party, that someone who holds such misogynist, racist and anti-trade union views, not to mention dangerous beliefs on foreign policy and peace in the world, and who rejects the Paris Climate Change Agreement, should not be given the ‘red carpet’ treatment.”