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Trump to visit Britain the day after EU vote

Mr Trump\'s visit could cost British taxpayers thousands of pounds to fund extra security operations.

Published: 02nd June 2016 07:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2016 07:53 AM   |  A+A-

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump will arrive in Britain on the day that the EU referendum result is announced for his first visit since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

The property mogul will be in Scotland for the $200 million relaunch of the Trump Turnberry golf resort on June 24, the day after the vote.

Downing Street said David Cameron would be "more than happy" to meet Mr Trump while he is in the UK, despite their recent transatlantic spat, but no formal plans had been made.

A source said: "Candidates often come through the country. We are more than happy to meet him on that basis. There are no firm dates set up at the moment. There has been no formal contact."

Hope Hicks, Mr Trump's spokesman, declined to say whether Mr Trump would seek a meeting with Mr Cameron, adding that a schedule of the visit would be released later.

She said that the date clash with the referendum was a "coincidence". The Turnberry opening ceremony had been planned long in advance and the date would not be changed, she added.

Mr Trump's visit could cost British taxpayers thousands of pounds to fund extra security operations.

His Secret Service detail will accompany him but across America cities and police forces have already been left with bills, sometimes running into six figures, for extra protection measures. Mr Trump wears a bullet proof vest in public and will be expected to do so in the UK. On the day his visit was announced Mr Trump appeared to display little awareness of the EU referendum, and seemed not to recognise the term "Brexit". In an interview with the US magazine Hollywood Reporter, he was asked "And Brexit? Your position?" According to the magazine Mr Trump replied: "Huh?"

When the interviewer clarified that he was referring to "the Brits leaving the EU," Mr Trump responded: "Oh yeah, I think they should leave."

Sarah Wollaston, the Tory MP and chairman of the Commons health committee, said: "Britain needs a Donald Trump visit like it needs a bucket of cold sick. Fortunately there will be other news on June 24."

In December Mr Trump proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering America, a policy which Mr Cameron called "divisive, stupid and wrong".

More than 600,000 people signed a petition calling for the billionaire to be banned from Britain. Mr Trump then suggested he may not have a "good relationship" with Mr Cameron. But two weeks ago he called the Prime Minister a "nice guy" and claimed he had been invited to Downing Street. However, Downing Street later denied an invitation had been sent.

In a statement Mr Trump, whose mother Mary MacLeod was born in Stornoway, said he was "very excited" to be coming to Turnberry. He said: "I own it and I am very proud of it."

In a previous row over plans for an offshore wind farm near the golf course Mr Trump called Scottish ministers "foolish, small-minded and parochial".

A spokesman for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she "does not plan to meet Donald Trump on this visit".

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