London/Washington, June 23 (IANS) Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has said if he were British he “would be inclined to leave” the European Union (EU), is set to fly to Scotland on Thursday night, amid Britain’s Brexit vote.
Trump will use his first visit since becoming a presidential candidate to open a golf resort. Flying to Prestwick on Thursday, Trump will head straight to Turnberry in Ayrshire, for the unveiling of his revamped hotel and golf course on Friday, the telegraph reported.
The real estate mogul will then fly north to Aberdeenshire on Saturday to visit another smaller golf course that he opened in 2012 after he won a battle to flatten coastal dunes that had been protected for their ecological rarity.
“Mr. Trump will be opening Trump Turnberry, one of the finest resorts in the world,” said Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for his presidential campaign, describing the trip as “very brief”.
But for all the efforts by his campaign to bill this as purely a business trip, Trump has ramped up the publicity surrounding the journey by promising to comment on the historic referendum on whether Britain should remain a member of the European Union (EU) or leave.
Trump will be travelling with a media detail and is scheduled to give a press conference on Friday, during which he has said he will make his remarks.
Last month, Trump had said he would not give a formal opinion on Brexit, but then could not resist sharing his thoughts: “I would personally be more inclined to leave, for a lot of reasons, like having a lot less bureaucracy,” he said.