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Trump plans to extend his trip to Britain so he can play golf

Donald Trump plans to extend his trip to Britain to three days so he can play golf with a celebrity sportsman at his Scottish resorts, it can be revealed.

The U.S. President is expected to head to his golf courses in Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire during his visit to the UK this summer.

The programme has not yet been fixed but officials are working up a number of options that he will asked to choose from as soon as next week.

Donald Trump plans to extend his trip to Britain to three days so he can play golf with a celebrity sportsman at his Scottish resorts

It is understood he will fly to the UK on July 12 for a dinner following the Nato summit in Brussels.

On the Friday he will be subject to a full-scale charm offensive as he is whisked around the country so he can see the best of Britain.

The next day, he is expected to visit his luxury Trump Turnberry golf resort on the Ayrshire coast and the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire to play golf with a celebrity.

It is not yet clear who he will play with but it is likely to be a top sportsman.

Mr Trump’s company has already invested £750million at the Menie resort, along with £150million worth of upgrades at Trump Turnberry.

In 2008, he visited the Isle of Lewis, the birthplace of his mother, Mary MacLeod.

Options on the table for events during President Trump's visit include tea with the Queen

Options on the table for events during President Trump’s visit include tea with the Queen

During the trip the U.S. President could also be taken on a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, London, in recognition of his admiration for the wartime leader.

Other options on the table include tea with the Queen and talks with Prime Minister Theresa May at either Downing Street or her Chequers country retreat outside the capital.

It is also understood the U.S. President is keen to come on a state visit to the UK rather than a working visit, but that has been put back until 2019 at the earliest.

The programme has not yet been fixed but officials are working up a number of options that he will asked to choose from as soon as next week.

It is understood he will fly to the UK on July 12 for a dinner following the Nato summit in Brussels.

On the Friday he will be subject to a full-scale charm offensive as he is whisked around the country so he can see the best of Britain.

The U.S. President is expected to head to his golf courses in Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire during his visit to the UK this summer

The U.S. President is expected to head to his golf courses in Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire during his visit to the UK this summer

Then he will head up to Scotland for the Saturday where he is likely to play a round of golf at one of his two golf courses in Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire with a celebrity.

It is not yet clear who he will play with but it is likely to be a top sportsman.

He has previously played rounds with top golfers such as Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson.

The visit to the underground bunker at the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall is believed to stem from the fact that President loved the film ‘Darkest Hour’.

One of President Trump’s first acts as president was to restore a Churchill bust to a prominent place in the Oval Office.

Mr Trump's company has already invested £750million at the Menie resort, along with £150million worth of upgrades at Trump Turnberry

Mr Trump’s company has already invested £750million at the Menie resort, along with £150million worth of upgrades at Trump Turnberry

It is understood he will have tea with the Queen, possibly at Windsor castle where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married on Saturday, or at Buckingham Palace.

He is unlikely to meet the Queen at Balmoral Castle, despite the idea being previously suggested as a way of shielding him from protesters.

The President will also meet Mrs May, who he referred to as ‘my Maggie’ in reference to the close Thatcher-Reagan relationship he wants to recreate, although it has not been decided whether this would be in London or at Chequers.

During the three-day extensive programme, the Government also plans to showcase the special UK-U.S. defence and security relationship.

No details have yet been put forward but the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier – which will have both US-UK F-35 jets flying off it in a joint mission – is currently in Portsmouth.

If the U.S. President is not flown onto the carrier, other options involving troops could be watching a fly past or a parade at the Sandhurst military academy.

A number of the state-of-the-art F-35 fighter jets are being flown from the US to their new home at RAF Marham in Norfolk next month so he could take a trip there.

No details have yet been put forward but the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier (pictured) - which will have both US-UK F-35 jets flying off it in a joint mission - is currently in Portsmouth

No details have yet been put forward but the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier (pictured) – which will have both US-UK F-35 jets flying off it in a joint mission – is currently in Portsmouth

Queen Elizabeth II walks with the ship's commanding officer Captain Jerry Kyd (rear right), as she arrives for the commissioning ceremony of Britain's biggest and most powerful warship

Queen Elizabeth II walks with the ship’s commanding officer Captain Jerry Kyd (rear right), as she arrives for the commissioning ceremony of Britain’s biggest and most powerful warship

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the world’s largest military air show at RAF Fairford is also on the same weekend as President Trump’s visit.

Earlier this month the U.S. ambassador to London, Woody Johnson, hailed the US-UK partnership on new F-35 fighter jets as ‘absolutely incredible’.

He said the programme would ‘make (the UK) a lot of money’ post-Brexit.

US defence officials said the partnership is a ‘wonderful opportunity for us to be more interoperable and to work more closely together’.

The three-day trip will now be longer than the U.S. President’s two-day state visit to Paris, France, last year. 



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