Trump hails Brexit vote on visit to Scotland
24 June 2016, 17:52
Turnberry – Donald Trump hailed Britain's vote to
leave the EU as "fantastic" shortly after arriving in Scotland on
Friday for his first international trip since becoming the presumptive
Republican presidential nominee.
"I think it's a great thing. I think it's a
fantastic thing," he told reporters.
Ahead of his visit, Trump had told Fox News that he
felt Britain should "go it alone" and leave the 28-member EU in a
move that could shape the continent.
Trump swooped down by helicopter into his Trump
Turnberry golf course, where a large Scottish flag flew in front of the
picturesque seafront, as protesters gathered nearby.
The visit is brief, long enough to cut the ribbon
on a refurbishment of his golf course, returning to the US presidential
campaign by Saturday.
The New York celebrity tycoon has caused alarm in
Europe with his abrasive style and pledges to deport millions of undocumented
immigrants and build a wall on the border with Mexico.
His proposal to ban Muslims from entering the
United States drew the ire of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, who
called the idea "stupid, divisive and wrong".
His main rival for the presidential vote in
November, Hillary Clinton, seized the moment to post a video compilation of
criticism from Cameron and others.
"People in Scotland are not thrilled about
Trump coming to their country," Clinton posted on Twitter. "We know
Two groups, Scotland Against Trump and Stand Up To
Racism Scotland bussed protesters to the golf resort to picket the property
"Scotland is a progressive, tolerant and
multicultural country and we oppose the bigotry that Donald Trump
represents," Keir McKechnie of Stand Up To Racism Scotland told AFP.
"We want to tell the world that he's not
Jonathon Shafi of Scotland Against Trump said he
wanted the gathering to demonstrate unity with protesters in the United States
that have disrupted Trump rallies.
"We want to send a message of solidarity to
movements like Black Lives Matter that we are united in opposition," Shafi
On Saturday, Trump is expected to travel to the
Trump International Golf Links, his course in the eastern coastal village of
Balmedie, a resort that has been controversial with locals.
Some irate neighbours living next to the course
have raised Mexican flags in symbolic opposition to Trump.
The trip is in a starkly different atmosphere than
a visit to Germany by Barack Obama in 2008, when the US president was the
presumptive Democratic nominee.
Obama addressed a crowd of tens of thousands about his
hopes of closer links to a unified Europe.
Trump has criticised the continent's leaders as
"weak", and accused them of inadequate measures to combat terrorism
after attacks in Brussels this year.