Trump touches down in Scotland: Former President arrives in Aberdeen to cut the ribbon on ‘spectacular’ second course at the Menie Estate
- The former president landed in Aberdeen on Monday morning
- After visiting Scotland, he will head to his course in Doonbeg, Ireland
Donald Trump has arrived in Scotland to cut the ribbon on a ‘spectacular’ but controversial second golf course in the country.
The former president landed in Aberdeen on Monday morning, saying on Truth Social – the social media platform he owns – that he will be opening the second course at the Menie Estate which was given planning permission in 2020.
Trump’s private Boeing 757-200 – known as Trump Force One – was seen landing at Aberdeen airport just after 11.30am GMT.
The plane – which has the word TRUMP written down the side in gold lettering and an American flag painted on the tail – was met by two pipers, a red carpet and a 10-vehicle motorcade.
Trump was seen disembarking down a flight of stairs, following an entourage of staffers into one of the waiting vehicles.
Donald Trump has arrived in Scotland to cut the ribbon on a ‘spectacular’ second golf course in the country. Pictured: Trump’s plane is seen landing in Aberdeen today
Following his time in Scotland, the former president will then head to his course in Doonbeg on Ireland’s west coast.
Despite the visit, Mr Trump, who is running for the White House again in 2024 and is seen by many as the presumptive Republican nominee, said his campaign is ‘on my mind’, stressing that a victory for him would make America ‘greater than ever before’.
‘Will be leaving for Scotland & Ireland soon in order to see and inspect my great properties there,’ he wrote.
‘The golf courses and hotels are among the greatest in the world – Turnberry and Aberdeen, in Scotland, and Doonbeg, in Ireland.
‘Will be meeting with many wonderful friends, and cutting a ribbon for a new and spectacular second course in Aberdeen.
‘Very exciting despite the fact that it is ‘make America great again’ that is on my mind, in fact, America will be greater than ever before.’
Mr Trump had previously spent two days at his Turnberry course while in office in 2018, meeting Britain’s then-Prime Minister Theresa May and the late Queen during the visit. Pictured: Trump is seen playing a round of golf during his last visit to Scotland in 2018
The tycoon’s trip to Scotland comes as he faces legal trouble in his native New York over his business practices.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying business records to hide damaging information ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Mr Trump had previously spent two days at his Turnberry course while in office in 2018, meeting Britain’s then-Prime Minister Theresa May and the late Queen during the visit.
Asked last week if he will meet Mr Trump, who has made controversial statements about Muslims in the past, Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf said: ‘I would find it difficult, I have to say, to meet with him without raising the significance of concerns I have of the remarks that he’s made in the past.’
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