Edinburgh protest over Donald Trump

Students marched to the US Consulate. Pic: Neil Hanna
Students marched to the US Consulate. Pic: Neil Hanna
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AMERICAN students based in the Capital took part in an anti-Donald Trump protest following the billionaire’s presidential election success.

The Edinburgh University Amnesty International Society led the “Against Trump, Against Hate” march as they criticised “racist, xenophobic, homophobic, ableist, anti-semitic rhetoric” from Trump during his campaign.

Speakers included co-convener of the Scottish Green Party Maggie Chapman and students from liberation groups.

Delphi Macpherson, a third-year student, said: “It’s really important that we come out to show solidarity with our American friends.

“What happened this week was appalling, not just for those in the US but worldwide. That’s why we’re standing up here in Edinburgh to say that racism, bigotry and violence are not acceptable.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s top team have “reservations” about Theresa May’s government, Nigel Farage has revealed after his meeting with the US President-elect.

The interim Ukip leader, who became the first British politician to meet Mr Trump since his shock victory, said some of the Republican’s core advisers were concerned about unflattering comments made by UK Cabinet ministers.

Mr Farage disclosed members of the president-elect’s inner circle remain sceptical, though Mr Trump told him he had a “nice conversation” with Mrs May.

“He said he had a nice conversation, although some of his team had reservations about what members of the Cabinet have said during the election. Believe you me, his team are conscious of the comments,” Mr Farage said.

Asked why the president-elect had agreed to meet him, Mr Farage said: “He was very grateful I put my head over the parapet and he recognised that.

“His whole team are pro-Britain. I am extremely optimistic about Britain’s future.”

The pair met at Trump Tower in New York and spent over an hour discussing the president-elect’s victory, global politics and the status of Brexit, according to Ukip.

Mr Farage used US media appearances to warn Mrs May that she needed to “mend fences” with Mr Trump after the “quite rude” things said about him by leading Tories.

Asked on Fox News why the president-elect should meet the PM after the things senior Tories had said about him, Mr Farage said: “I think he has got to meet her. Mrs May’s team have been quite rude about Trump, so there are some fences to be mended.”

Downing Street moved to try and play down the significance of the Ukip leader’s meeting with Mr Trump.

A spokesman for Mrs May told the Press Association that No 10 “has been consistent that Mr Farage has no role” in the Government’s relationship with the incoming US administration.