Legions of protesters took to the streets in opposition to President Donald Trump as the US president checked into one of his two Scottish golf courses on the “relaxation stage” of his tempestuous four-day visit to Britain.
As the US President wielded his clubs on the exclusive, members-only course, the chanting of demonstrators prompted him to wave sarcastically in their direction.
Earlier, a Greenpeace protester flew over the resort in a paraglider carrying a banner that read, “Trump: Well below par.”
“Trump does not believe in climate change,” Greenpeace wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
“We couldn’t let him get away with a quiet game of golf.”
Rather than intimidate the visiting US leader, whose next meeting is with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the vocal opposition to his policies appears to have emboldened him to goad foes with a promise to contest the White House again in 2020.
The Mail on Sunday reported on an interview the president gave to Piers Morgan during his British visit on Friday.
Asked if he was going to run again, Trump said: “Well I fully intend to. It seems like everybody wants me to.”
Trump said he did not think any potential Democrat contender who could lay a finger on him.
“I know them all and I don’t see anybody,” he said.
In the interview Trump also broke royal protocol by disclosing details of his conversation with the Queen, confirming they had discussed the thorny subject of Brexit.
“She said it’s a very – and she’s right – it’s a very complex problem, I think nobody had any idea how complex that was going to be,” he began.
“Everyone thought it was going to be ‘Oh it’s simple, we join or don’t join, or let’s see what happens.'”
Speaking of the 92-year-old Queen, Trump also remarked on her appearance..
“She is an incredible woman, she is so sharp, she is so beautiful, when I say beautiful – inside and out. That is a beautiful woman.”
When asked about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said: “I get along with him great, yeah. He’s very smart, great personality, he’s funny and tough, good negotiator.”
Pressed on whether Kim was ‘a ruthless dictator’, Trump said: “Sure he is, he’s ruthless, but so are others.”
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2018
Meanwhile, anti-Trump crowds filled the streets of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee on Saturday, while protests continued in London, where a quarter of a million rallied against him in Trafalgar Square on Friday.
Scottish protesters flew the same six-metre inflatable orange Trump baby balloon that was used near the British parliament in London on Friday.
The biggest demonstration began outside the Scottish parliament in the capital of Edinburgh, where speakers including Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard addressed the protesters.
They then marched through the city holding placards with slogans such as “Dump Trump”, “Trump: An awful gobshite”, and “Everyone is welcome here apart from you”.
In London, several hundred took part in a pro-Trump protest, with clashes erupting between protesters and police, according to media reports. There was also a counter protest by anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate
Trump tweeted on Saturday that he had arrived at his Turnberry golf resort on the on the Ayrshire coast for “two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf – my primary form of exercise!”
He added: “The weather is beautiful, and this place is incredible!”
Vast crowds of protesters staged demonstrations across Britain on Friday as Trump held talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and met Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.
Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox condemned the demonstrations, telling the BBC the protesters were “an embarrassment to themselves” and their actions “did not reflect the genuine good manners and hospitality of the British people”.