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Trump leaves Scotland on Air Force One

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Donald Trump has left Scotland, after spending two nights at his Turnberry resort.

His presidential motorcade was seen leaving the hotel on the Ayrshire coast on Sunday afternoon, heading towards Prestwick Airport.

On the runway he boarded Air Force One with his wife, Melania, and the plane took off at 16:12.

He is due to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Earlier he played a final round of golf at the resort on the Ayrshire coast amid tight security.

Despite the high police presence, on Friday evening a protester managed to paraglide over Turnberry.

Police Scotland said a 55-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

He is expected to appear at Ayr Sheriff Court on Monday.

Mr Trump has been staying at Turnberry during the private leg of his four-day UK visit.

Image caption Donald Trump's presidential motorcade leaving Turnberry
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Image caption The presidential convoy made the short journey to Prestwick Airport

He was heckled by protesters as he played golf on Saturday afternoon after they gathered around the perimeter of the resort.

He waved as they heckled him from a hill overlooking the Ailsa championship course.

In Edinburgh thousands of people marched through the city in a demonstration against the president's controversial visit to the UK.

They waved placards as they gathered in the capital's Meadows, where two giant nappy-clad baby Trump balloons were inflated.

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Image caption The US president was back out on the golf course on Sunday morning
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Image caption Mr Trump has been spotted in a golf buggy on the Ailsa course at Turnberry

In a tweet on Saturday, Mr Trump said he was at Turnberry "for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully some golf".

"The weather is beautiful and this place is incredible," he added. "Tomorrow I go to Helsinki for a Monday meeting with Vladimir Putin."

There have been calls for Monday's meeting between the US and Russian presidents to be cancelled, after the US charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with election interference.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has said the meeting will go ahead as planned in Helsinki.

And Mr Trump used Twitter to criticise the administration of his predecessor Barack Obama over alleged Russian hacking to help him win the 2016 presidential election.

"Why didn't they do something about it?" he tweeted, adding that Mr Obama had been told about it before the vote.

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Image caption Two large balloons of baby Trump were inflated at the meadows in Edinburgh
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Image caption Thousands of people joined the march from the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

Police estimated that about 9,000 people took part in the march through Edinburgh, which they said "passed without incident".

They gathered at the Scottish Parliament, before walking to the city's meadows area for a "carnival of resistance".

At Turnberry, protesters climbed a hill near the golf course to ensure the president could see their placards and banners.

As he took to the golf course with his son, Eric, they branded him a "racist", shouting: "No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA."

Image caption A man has been arrested after a protester paraglided over the Turnberry resort on Friday evening.
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Image caption A massive security operation is in place at Trump's golf resort on the Ayrshire coast

The president and his wife Melania arrived in Scotland on board Air Force One on Friday evening, before travelling by motorcade to the Trump Turnberry resort - one of two Scottish golf courses he owns.

There is a massive security operation in place at the complex on the Ayrshire coast but shortly after he arrived a paraglider flew over the area with a sign claiming Mr Trump was "well below par".

It comes after the president spent Friday meeting both Theresa May and the Queen on what is Mr Trump's first visit to the UK as president.

Supporters of Mr Trump gathered in London on Saturday, the day after an estimated 100,000-plus rallied through London in opposition to the US president.

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Image caption Supporters of Trump gathered outside the US embassy in London

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