Donald Trump will visit the U.K. later this month, marking his first trip abroad since beginning his presidential campaign. Judging by recent comments from British officials, the Republican frontrunner shouldn't expect a grand reception.
Trump, who is scheduled to attend the opening of one of his golf courses in Scotland on June 24, has drawn criticism from the likes of Prime Minister David Cameron, Scotland Yard and members of Parliament, mainly due to his views on Muslims and immigrants.
The controversial business mogul will be on hand for the opening of the Trump Turnberry, a golf course and hotel that he purchased, in Ayrshire, Scotland. He bought it in 2014 for an unknown amount. The course and most of the hotel is now open after a 200 million pound (about $288 million) rebuild.
"Very exciting that one of the great resorts of the world, Turnberry, will be opening today after a massive £200m investment," Trump said recently. "I own it and I am very proud of it. I look forward to attending the official opening of this great development on 24 June."
Following last year's deadly shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., which spurred a petition calling for a ban on Trump entering the U.K. Thousands of people signed the petition, leading to a three-hour debate in a Westminster committee room, but no vote or action was taken.
On the floor of the House of Commons, Cameron called the candidate's comments "divisive, stupid and wrong," adding that a visit to the U.K. would "unite us all against him." Trump responded that he and the PM were "not going to have a very good relationship."
Trump also supports the "Brexit," or Britain's exit from the European Union, which puts him at odds with Cameron.
And when Trump last year said that London was home to "no-go" areas because of Islamic extremists, Scotland Yard, a.k.a. the nation's Metropolitan Police, responded harshly.
"We would not normally dignify such comments with a response, however on this occasion we think it's important to state to Londoners that Mr. Trump could not be more wrong," the spokeswoman said.
It is not known if Cameron or other government officials will receive Trump during his visit.
"Candidates do often come through London," Cameron said in reply to a question at a meeting of the Group of 7. "I've met them before. But we have no firm dates in the diary." Meanwhile, a Scottish government spokesman said that First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has "no plans to meet Trump."