Despite Donald Trump’s bluster about “fighting like hell” to keep the presidency, he was planning an escape to Scotland just one day before his term ends. Except the First Minister of Scotland says Um, no, that’s not happening.
A Scottish newspaper reported Sunday that U.S. military flight preparations were being made at Scotland’s Prestwick airport, near Trump’s Turnberry golf club, that indicate “Trump is going to be somewhere for an extended period,” the paper quoted a source as saying.
The arrival of a U.S. military Boeing 757 aircraft, which Trump has been known to use, was scheduled for January 19, one day before Joe Biden’s inauguration. Air traffic controllers received details of these plans weeks ago, because of all the groundwork and security necessary for that type of visit, the paper said.
However, just yesterday First Minister Nicola Sturgeo announced new strict lockdown rules to contain the latest surge of Covid-19 infections, and none of the exceptions involves golfing. Called a “level 4” lockdown, people in Scotland cannot leave home except for traveling to work, caring responsibilities, essential shopping, exercise (not golf) and being part of an extended household. The rules are expected to last at least through the end of January. All schools remain closed and travel is severely restricted in and out of the United Kingdom.
The U.K.’s Independent reported this afternoon that Sturgeo confirmed Trump would in fact not be able to visit his golf club at Turnberry due to the new restrictions. “Coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose,” the paper quoted her as saying.
The paper also said the White House denied planning a Scotland trip for the president.
In a statement to The Independent, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said such reports were “not accurate” and that “President Trump has no plans to travel to Scotland.”
Of course Trump has no plans to flee the country and escape an appearance at Biden’s inauguration by traveling to Scotland … because he’s not allowed to go there.