Trump to Reportedly Visit Scotland but Won't Meet With Cameron, Other U.K. Leaders

A Herald Scotland poll conducted throughout the U.K. found 42% of respondents would be against the prime minister meeting with the U.S. presidential candidate.

A construction worker stands in front of a piece of street art portraying prospective U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump, in east London, January 28, 2016.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be visiting Britain later this month to attend the reopening of the Turnberry golf resort in Scotland, which he owns, the Guardian news website reported Wednesday.

A Scottish news website, Herald Scotland, reported that Trump will not be meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron while in the country. "However, if, as is assumed, Mr. Trump becomes the Republican nominee at the party convention in July, he would expect to have a meeting not only with the Prime Minister but also Labour [Party] leader Jeremy Corbyn should he visit the U.K. afterwards," Herald Scotland said, quoting sources in Cameron's office.

The official reopening of the Turnberry resort on June 24 comes a day after U.K. voters go to the polls in a referendum on whether the country should remain in the European Union.  “Very exciting that one of the great resorts of the world, Turnberry, will be opening today after a massive £200m investment. I own it and I am very proud of it,” Trump, whose mother was born in Scotland, said in a statement quoted by the Guardian.

Last week, prior to the announcement of Trump's June trip, Prime Minister Cameron said he would be "very happy” to meet Trump, the Herald Scotland website noted, but the site also reported the results of an opinion poll that it commissioned that was conducted throughout Britain, which it said "shows that the public is deeply divided over whether or not Mr. Cameron should meet the outspoken tycoon. Overall, more than 4 in 10 people, 42 per cent, do not think the Conservative leader should host Mr. Trump," Herald Scotland reported.

"One in five, 22 per cent, believe he should 'intentionally snub' him. Another 31 per cent want the two men to meet – but only so that Mr. Cameron can attack Mr. Trump face-to-face. Just over one in four, 27 per cent, back an uncontroversial meeting."

The website also made reference to Trump's prior call for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" and noted Cameron's condemnation of the remarks.