Trump set to head to Scotland for golf during UK visit

British government offers chairperson golfing partners to maintain him entertained

Donald Trump is expected to head to Scotland after his visit to London on 13 July to play golf with a high quality professional golfer or possibly a is part of the royal family.

The president is being offered a range of low disability golfers as a part of a UK government bid to build the visit as pleasurable as possible for him.

Trump owns two golf courses in Scotland, and his visit to the UK following a Nato summit will give him a chance to relax in the surrounds that give him greatest pleasure. British officials have recognised he is a serious golfer and is necessary an expert opponent to maintain him entertained.

The trip is likely to include a meeting with the Queen, but at the same day efforts are being made to ensure that he does not encounter a series of protests in London. One alternative will be for the president to gratify Theresa May outside London, such as at the prime minister’s rural retreat in Chequers.

Details about the trip-up are a long way from finish, and it is being should be pointed out that the offer of a full nation visit for the president still stands for next year.

But with the Queen now in her 90 s, it is expected that Buckingham Palace will merely volume two state visits a year from now on, so the president are gonna have to make a decision relatively soon whether he wants to take one of the slots potentially available.

The July visit could come at a phase of maximum tension between the European union and the US over how to handle the fallout from the US decision to leave the Iran nuclear bargain, which was signed in 2015.

The US has threatened to impose secondary sanctions on any EU company that is still trading with Iran. The EU is probing the state department to see if there is any opportunity the US will provide carve-outs for some specific EU firms with investments in Iran.

Many of the US sanctions will merely be starting to bite at the time of the Trump visit, providing a tense political backdrop. The UK has stuck with France and Germany in insisting that Iran is not in breach of the terms of the nuclear bargain, even if they have other sharp disagreements with Tehran’s behaviour in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

Few European envoys are expecting the US to provide any carve-outs to specific EU firms, pointing to Monday’s hardline speech by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo. The speech set a series of preconditions for the lifting of US sanctions that would amount to a change in regime.

The tone of Theresa May’s meeting with Trump will also be set by whether the president decides to use the Nato meeting to acknowledge the progress being made by EU states to increase defence spending to reach the target of 2% of GDP, or instead to point to the countries that are not on target to reach the target. The UK is one of five countries that has fulfilled the target.

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