IS Donald Trump still coming to Scotland?

Reports yesterday suggested the US President could be heading to the UK on a “working visit” early next year.

According to the London Evening Standard, the half-Scottish tycoon would find time to visit the land of his mother’s people as part of a tour of several countries.

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Downing Street said Theresa May was not aware of any plans for a visit, and a US Embassy source said there were “not currently” any plans.

But the paper’s sources say there are diplomatic discussions on behind the scenes to get the US President into the country.

May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump, meeting with him seven days after his inauguration. She broke diplomatic protocol while there by inviting him to make a formal state visit to the UK, to stay with the Queen and be met with the full formality and pageantry the British normally only offers to US Presidents in their second term.

But that trip, rumoured to have been scheduled for the summer, was postponed because of the threat of protests.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said he would not allow Trump to address the House of Commons.

There was even talk of moving the trip to Scotland and Balmoral in an attempt to evade protesters.

The US President reportedly told May he didn’t want to go ahead with a state visit until he had more support from the British public. Yesterday, after the Evening Standard’s report appeared, the Scotland Against Trump campaign group simply said: “Looks like the protests are back on…”

Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Richard Leonard said, if elected to the top job, he would organise opposition to the US President’s visit.

“Under my leadership, Scottish Labour – working with trade unions and other campaigning organisations – would be at the forefront of opposing a state visit by Donald Trump to Scotland, and we would ensure huge opposition and protests to it,” Leonard said.

“There is never going to be a good time for a Trump visit. From his disgraceful equating of Nazis with anti-fascist campaigners in Charlottesville, to his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump has provided endless reasons for being denied any kind of welcome in Scotland.

“Instead, as Scottish Labour leader and as a Labour First Minister for Scotland, we will set the opposite course to Trump: action on climate change; working for equality for all, against racism, sexism and all forms of discrimination; and promoting peace and cooperation.”

Trump, whose mother was from Lewis, has significant business interests in Scotland, with the company that bears his name owning golf courses in Ayr and Aberdeenshire.

Reports lodged with Companies House over the weekend show the two courses made significant losses last year, forcing Trump’s family firm to provide loans.

Trump Turnberry lost £17.6 million, in part because it closed for a major refurbishment; while his Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen made a loss of £1.2m due to the fall in the oil price, says its owners, and the impact this has had on the city’s workforce.

Trump has now sunk some £153m into the ventures, leaving Trump Turnberry owing Trump £112m – double the £63m it owed him the previous year.

In December 2015, after the billionaire called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” Nicola Sturgeon stripped him off his ambassador title for the Global Scot business network, and Robert Gordon University took away the honorary degree they’d awarded him a decade before.

The Foreign Office said a State Visit would go ahead at some stage.

A spokesman said: “Our position on the State Visit has not changed – an offer has been extended and President Trump has accepted.

“Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged.”