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Trump hopes to take a summer swing in the UK, but it’s up in the air

“Wow! During the Mar-a-Lago raid, they stole my three passports (one of which expired), along with everything else. This is an assault on a political opponent on a level never seen before in our country. Third World!” Trump shared on his social media platform, Truth Social.

It is not uncommon for people to have two passports, especially those who do a lot of government-related or international business travel. But it’s unclear why Trump was caught.

And, indeed, hours after he announced the confiscation, it was reported that the FBI was not in possession of the passports and that they had been returned. Shortly after, a Trump spokesperson leaked an email in which government officials confirmed they were returning the passports and that Trump had misspoken: two of the three passports had expired, not one. .

The round trips come as Trump has wanted to travel overseas to spend time at his golf resorts in Scotland. The Trump Organization owns three golf resorts in Scotland and Ireland. Trump Turnberry, Trump International Scotland in Aberdeen and Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg, Ireland.

The Trump Organization did not return a request for comment.

Although the former president’s office has not announced any upcoming trips to any of his resorts, several people familiar with the plans said he is actively preparing for an upcoming visit to the UK. Although the final details were not finalized, local officials had tightened security measures in anticipation and local politicians had asked him not to come.

A trip to Scotland would have been Trump’s first visit outside the country since leaving the White House. He last visited the UK in 2019, during which time he spent time at his golf resort in Doonbeg, Ireland. The former president was in the UK for a state visit with Queen Elizabeth II and former British Prime Minister Theresa May, and met French President Emmanuel Macron.

This story has been updated with new information.


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