Ministers braced for possible Donald Trump visit to UK
US president may drop in on one of his golf courses in Scotland later this month.
Ministers are braced for a potential flying visit by Donald Trump to Britain in the coming weeks, it is understood.
Officials believe the US president may have a window in his schedule to drop in on one of his golf courses in Scotland, which are in Aberdeenshire and Turnberry, Ayrshire, as he has several visits planned in Europe in July.
Mr Trump is in Poland on Thursday before attending the G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg in Germany on Friday and Saturday.
He will also attend the Bastille Day celebrations in France on July 14 and the Government is on alert for a potential visit to the UK.
The news prompted campaigners to urge opponents of the controversial tycoon to be “on standby” for street demonstrations, describing him as a “racist” and “misogynist”.
According to the Sunday Times, Mr Trump will only confirm his plans to the Government 24 hours in advance, and he may also drop in on Downing Street.
Once confirmed, it is believed that officials and ministers would then have to make arrangements for a visit, including a potential meeting with Theresa May or other senior ministers.
Owen Jones, co-founder of Stop Trump Coalition, said: “Donald Trump is so cowardly he thinks he can sneak into the country to avoid protests.
“We have to prove him wrong. We’re asking Britain to be on standby to take to the streets with just hours notice if necessary.
“Let’s not allow the arrival of a misogynist, a racist, a bigot, and a threat to peace be unchallenged. Let’s take to the street in great number – and do ourselves proud by showing that Britain rejects his hatred.”