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Trump tees off as police make paraglide protest arrest

The US president will conclude his four-day visit to the UK later as he flies from Scotland to Finland to meet Vladimir Putin.

Donald Trump played golf at his Turnberry resort on Sunday morning as police announced they had arrested a man in connection with an aerial protest at the hotel.

The US president teed off at around 9am for a second round of golf at his Turnberry resort, as his first UK visit as president comes to a close before he heads to Finland for a meeting with Vladimir Putin.

The US leader was accompanied by his son Eric as they made their way round the course in drizzly weather.

In contrast to Saturday, the president’s game was undisturbed by protesters.

US president Donald Trump played a round of golf in Turnberry (Jane Barlow/PA)

The US president has spent the last two nights at Turnberry after meeting Theresa May and the Queen in a whirlwind tour that took place amid mass protests against his policies across the UK.

Police Scotland said they have arrested a 55-year-old man in connection with a powered parachute being flown in the vicinity of the Turnberry Hotel at around 9.45pm on Friday.

Greenpeace earlier said they had orchestrated the stunt where a paraglider unfurled a banner with the slogan Trump Well Below Par.

On Saturday, Mr Trump was heckled by protesters who branded him a “racist”as he played golf with his son Eric.

At the same time, thousands of people marched through Edinburgh to demonstrate against Mr Trump, following widespread protests on Friday with a massive march in London and events staged in cities including Glasgow and Belfast.

Demonstrators in George Square, Glasgow, for the Scotland United Against Trump protest against the visit of President Donald Trump to the UK (Lesley Martin/PA)

At Turnberry, protesters who had gathered on the nearby beach climbed a hill to ensure the president could see them when he took to the golf course.

Mr Trump waved as they shouted: “No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA.”

In Edinburgh, crowds gathered outside the Scottish Parliament before setting off for the city’s Meadows area for a Carnival of Resistance event, where the 20ft Trump baby balloon was flown.

The president and his wife Melania arrived in Scotland on board Air Force One on Friday evening, before travelling by motorcade to the Trump Turnberry resort, one of two Scottish golf courses he owns.

On Saturday, Mr Trump tweeted: “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!

“The weather is beautiful, and this place is incredible! Tomorrow I go to Helsinki for a Monday meeting with Vladimir Putin.”

Mr Trump and wife Melania are due to fly out of Glasgow Prestwick Airport on Sunday headed for Finland where he will meet the Russian leader for talks on Monday.

Before leaving the US for Europe last week, Mr Trump said: “So I have Nato, I have the UK – that’s a situation with turmoil. And I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of all.”


From Belfast Telegraph