Welcome to Scotland, Mr. President.
A daredevil protester greeted President Trump by paragliding feet above his head shortly after he arrived at his private golf club in the Scottish countryside Friday night.
The propeller engine-powered paraglider held a massive yellow banner emblazoned with the words “TRUMP: WELL BELOW PAR #RESIST” while floating just above the President as he mingled on the lawn of his Turnberry resort shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Greenpeace UK took credit for the highflying stunt and a video of the incident shows Trump nearly tripping on a curb as Secret Service agents rushed him inside.
Ben Stewart, a spokesman for the environmentalist organization, deemed the protest very successful in amplifying the anti-Trump ire of hundreds of thousands of Brits to Trump’s front lawn.
“It was important to us to do a protest over Donald’s head,” Stewart told the Daily News. “Hundreds of thousands of people have come out into the streets to protest but he hasn’t seen any of them because he’s been shuttled around in a helicopter like he’s in Afghanistan or something.”
Stewart said his organization’s protest ensured Trump found out what Brits really think of him.
“He gave a quote saying something like he’s liked in this country,” Stewart said, referencing an interview Trump gave to a London tabloid earlier this week. “I’m sorry to say it Don, but you’re really, really not liked here.”
We've hit @realDonaldTrump where it hurts - at his golf course. Trump does not believe in climate change. He's pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement, and is committed to burning more climate wrecking coal. We couldn't let him get away with a quiet game of golf... #resistpic.twitter.com/Di9SllcqN1
— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) July 14, 2018
The White House did not return a request for comment.
Greenpeace’s stunning aerial feat was praised on social media by Trump critics, but Scottish police assistant chief constable Mark Williams issued a word of warning.
“It is a criminal offence to fly within the airspace restriction zone and officers are carrying out inquiries to trace the pilot,” Williams said in a statement.
Stewart downplayed the police response as a mere formality, and said he doubts any charges will be brought.
Stewart declined to identify the pilot, but described him as a longtime Greenpeace activist with extensive paragliding experience.
“He did it very well,” Stewart said of the airborne demonstration. “He went home, slept very well, had a nice breakfast and got out of the area.”
The paragliding protest came on the heels of mass demonstrations across England coinciding with Trump’s visit.
Protesters have blasted Trump over pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord and assailed him over his widely reviled zero tolerance policy on immigration, which has resulted in the forced separations of thousands of children from their migrant parents.
Anti-Trump sentiment remained steady in the U.K. on Saturday.
A small group of protesters heckled the President as hit the links at his Turnberry resort in the afternoon. “No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA,” the protesters could be heard chanting in video from local outlets.