When Trump signed an executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for the next 90 days and suspended the admission of all refugees for 120 days, his new best friend, Theresa May, refused to condemn the policy, until, under intense pressure, she finally issued a lame, late-night statement that she didn't agree with it. More robustly, a judge suspended the deportation of visa holders or refugees stranded at airports. The UK Foreign Office said that most Britons with dual nationality would only be affected by the ban if they were flying direct from one of the seven countries – a triumph for the diplomatic skills of Boris Johnson, we are invited to believe – yet a Scottish veterinary student who travels on an Iranian passport was unable to fly home from her holiday in Costa Rica because she was told her transit visa for the US was no longer valid. There were mass protests against the ban and several senior politicians in the UK called for May’s offer of a state visit by Trump later this year to be withdrawn.
Earlier, Trump apparently committed '100%' to the future of Nato at his meeting with May in the White House – although we have only May's word for it. The right-wing British press claimed that the meeting had cemented the 'special relationship' between the two countries, citing the old lecher's brief grasp of the prime ministerial hand. Trump said that his mother had come from 'serious Scotland', leaving unresolved the question of what he might regard as unserious Scotland.
The prime minister continued her charm offensive on the world's most
unpleasant people with a visit to Turkey, whose president, Erdogan, is
notorious for his suppression of free speech and brutal crackdown on
political opponents, and agreed a deal for the sale of British-made
fighter jets. In the midst of these weekend events, the BBC continued
its practice of publishing on its 'news' website trivia related to itself (David Beckham's appearance on 'Desert Island Discs' as well as the 'magic glove' of one of its correspondents).
In Scotland, it was a weekend like any other. Police in Kirkcaldy carried out extra patrols after two women were robbed at knifepoint in separate incidents in the town. A 33-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries following a 'violent attack' in Paisley. A man fell on the road after being assaulted in Blackburn, West Lothian, forcing drivers to take evasive action. Police released images of two men they want to trace about a serious assault in Glasgow city centre. A 16-year-old boy was stabbed after a disturbance at a party in Glasgow spilled out on to the street. Nicola Sturgeon repeated that a second independence referendum was highly likely, almost inevitable, or words to that effect. One of her MPs – the pony-tailed member from Dundee – was cleared of financial wrongdoing.
The actor John Hurt and the journalist Alexander Chancellor both died
at the age of 77, Chancellor having failed to achieve his last ambition, the assassination of Donald Trump.