Merseysiders “Book Holidays Abroad” after Hearing Trump Might Visit
Locals from Merseyside have said they have gone as far as to book flights abroad if President Trump visits their homeland.
Rumours arose in the local press that Donald Trump could be heading to the area as soon as summer this year as The Open Championship returns to the Royal Birkdale.
Described as a “keen golfer”, it appears “fairly possible” for the US president to make an appearance; rumours which have been met with a highly mixed response.
Local builder Phil Knowsley has just returned from a package holiday from hell, on which he had to claim holiday compensation after getting food poisoning. He said: “I’d rather go back there than be around at the same time as him. It’s bad enough knowing he exists in the states. Seriously though, I’m not on my own here, I’m going somewhere far and sunny if that guy lands in my home town.”
A woman, who wanted to be named as “Kat” said: “It’s not that going abroad would make a blind bit of difference to Trump being in Merseyside, it wouldn’t. But I think it’s about the local people making a stand. We should make our protest heard, even if it is that we leave and go to a foreign country. There’s almost an element of humour in it, and people might say we are overreacting – but so far everyone is welcoming this man with open arms despite hating everything he stands for.”
The Open Championship is due to take place between 16 and 19 July this summer – though according to the papers, the President may even make an appearance in June.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe told a national newspaper that plans are in place for the visit.
Apart from his visit to the north, Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain will go ahead despite a 1.8 million-strong petition against it – with even local MP’s warning against it.
In a parliamentary debate, about a dozen backbench MPs spoke in favour of the petition to downgrade Mr Trump’s visit but Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan insisted the visit “should happen, the visit will happen”.
Despite this Southport MP John Pugh said he thought a presidential visit to the town was ‘highly unlikely.
He added: “I personally find him an unlikable and objectionable person and I daresay there are many who will want to protest about the divisive impact he has on world politics.
“However, there isn’t any moral significance attached to attending a golf tournament. I would just prefer Southport though be known for other more positive reasons than a Trump visit.”
The Open has been around since 1980 – it is the oldest and most international championship in professional golf and the Claret Jug. Since its beginning, The Open has been played over some of the world’s most most sought after links courses and has a proud legacy of champions.
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