By Sam Tobin in Britain:
Friday, July 6, 2018
The government confirmed today that Mr Trump’s trip will involve a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, a working lunch with Theresa May at Chequers and a meeting with Elizabeth Windsor at Windsor Castle.
Mr Trump will only spend one night in London, at the US ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park, where protests are likely to attract several thousand people.
Asked whether Mr Trump’s schedule was designed to keep him away from mass protests in the capital, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “Prime ministers frequently make use of Chequers for meetings with foreign leaders. It offers a more informal setting for important bilateral discussions.”
But Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard stormed: “Someone who holds such misogynist, racist and anti-trade union views, not to mention his dangerous approach to foreign policy, and someone who rejects the Paris climate change agreement, should not be given the red carpet treatment.
Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie agreed, saying: “Donald Trump has not been invited to Scotland, and even if he sticks to Turnberry or Menie [golf courses] there will be huge protests in our biggest cities that will send a message loud and clear.
“Greens will be proud to take part in events in Glasgow and Edinburgh next Friday and Saturday to tell this vile xenophobe that he and his climate denial, his bullying attitude and his racist and sexist politics are not welcome here.”
A spokesperson for Together Against Trump said: “We regard it as a victory that Donald Trump does not appear to have any official engagements in London or anywhere with a large population. Instead he will stay hidden away in country estates and castles.”