Police based 400 miles away have been drafted into Aberdeen as part of Donald Trump’s visit to Scotland.
The US President flew to Prestwick Airport last night and headed to his Turnberry Golf Course in Ayrshire and, while his White House team have not said Trump will visit his Aberdeenshire golf course, protestors are to amass just in case.
Around 100 police officers – including some from forces including Greater Manchester 400 miles away – have been deployed in Aberdeen “as a contingency” and are to remain there until Trump leaves Scotland tomorrow.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman originally denied there were around 100 officers on duty in the Granite City for the Trump visit.
However, when the Evening Express pointed out we have photographs showing lines of riot vans parked at the AECC, police confirmed the officers were there.
“Officers have been put in place as part of our contingency planning,” said the spokeswoman.
Taxpayers are footing a £5 million bill for the policing of Trump’s two-day visit, which includes the deployment of 5,000 officers around the country.
The total security cost of his four-day visit to the UK has been put at £12m.
Police Scotland were unwilling to provide details of the officers’ deployment in Aberdeen or say if they were being put up at the taxpayers’ expense.
A police spokeswoman said the officers are local and so would sleep at home. When told officers from Manchester were there she refused to reveal their accommodation arrangements due to “operational security reasons”.
The Aberdeen Trade Union Congress has called on people to join a protest rally – called Trump’s a Chump – outside Trump International Links at Menie.
Congress president Kathleen Kennedy said: “Since Trump became president, we’ve seen a worrying roll back of human rights – most recently in the separation of young children from their parents on the Mexico border.
“This comes on top of the discriminatory travel ban, his reckless announcement on Jerusalem, and harmful policies on refugees, women’s rights and climate change.”