Reports have been making the rounds that U.S. President Donald Trump will be dropping in at Scotland after completion of the G20 Summit. The Summit is to be held in Germany next week and media has reported that on his way back from here, the President will stop over at Scotland. However, Downing Street officials have categorically denied any knowledge of any such plans. This issue has been in the spotlight after there were rumors earlier about Trump wanting to postpone or cancel a potential visit to this part of the world out of fear of severe protests against him. The previous rumors were never substantiated and the White House denied them saying that no plans had ever been finalized for Trump's visit so there was no question of postponement or cancellation.
Invitation accepted by Trump
Meanwhile, Downing Street spokespersons have also made it clear that the U.S. president has indeed been invited to visit and the invitation has also been accepted. However, no concrete plans have been made yet about the visit and its timings yet. Dates shall be finalized in 'due course' said the source.
The invitation to Trump was officially given to him after his victory in the Presidential race and the inauguration in January. The state visit, which is traditionally extended to the victorious new president, includes a visit to the Queen.
Donald Trump has property in Scotland and media reported that he would stop there before he resumed his journey to visit the newly elected French President on the occasion of Bastille Day in mid- July.
Protests against Trump
It does appear that Trump may have had a valid point if the rumors about his concerns regarding protests are true. Over 1.8 million people have signed a petition asking to avoid a visit by Trump, saying that it would cause embarrassment to the Queen. Trump's ill- thought comments on social media post the London terror attack did not earn him any goodwill among Londoners either and London Mayor Sadiq Khan actually requested the government to block a visit from the U.S. president. The President's rigid stance on the Paris Climate Accord, despite persuasion by many world leaders, including the British Premier, has not gone down well with the public either. All of these have made it a valid concern that Trump will not be received well by the British public if he ever does plan a trip here.