THE FORMER ASYLUM-SEEKER
Pinar Aksu, 26, is a community worker from Glasgow who is originally from Turkey. As a teenager she was detained for around two months in Dungavel detention centre in South Lanarkshire with her family while they were seeking asylum in the UK.
She said if she met Donald Trump she would challenge him on his policy of detaining children as part of a “zero tolerance” approach on immigration. The US President recently ended a practice of separating children from families illegally crossing the border after a huge outcry, but the long-term detention of children with their parents is still allowed.
“For me it was heartbreaking to see this happening,” she said.
“It is going to have a long-term impact on every single child that has been detained. It has to end – they should create a humane system.
“It is creating an environment where people are starting to have prejudices, people are starting to be more openly racist.
“The majority of the country does not want him to come here, If a president says Muslims should be banned or if a president says there are too many refugees, what does society do? It follows him. We don’t need someone who is promoting hatred to come to the UK and promote hatred in our society.”
THE ANTI-GUN CAMPAIGNER
Catherine Wilson’s five-year-old sister Mhairi MacBeath was murdered in the shooting at Dunblane primary school in 1996.
The 22-year-old poet and writer was just three months old at the time and never got the chance to grow up with her sibling.
Catherine, who lives in Edinburgh, supports the campaign for greater gun control in the US and said she if she met Donald Trump she would tell the US President he is “running out of time” to tackle the issue.
She said: “Not only is he running out of his own time to stay on the right side of history regarding gun control, but he is running out of his own people’s time.
“By failing to implement gun control, you are wilfully admitting that people are going to die.
“When my sister was killed, she was running away from Thomas Hamilton into a gym cupboard to hide.
“The way she was killed could only have been done with a gun. The common denominator is always going to be guns.
“If he thinks that keeping the votes of people who want to keep these weapons is more important than children being able to go to school safely, is he someone I could sit down and explain this to? Possibly not.
THE GOLF COURSE NEIGHBOUR
David Milne, 54, is one of the residents of Menie who say they have suffered years of harassment through living next door to the US president’s Aberdeenshire golf course. His home was surrounded by a fence, an earth bank and trees as part of the construction.
He said he would tell Trump to “open his eyes and look at reality” when it came to the success of the Trump International Golf Links course in Aberdeenshire.
He said the way in which Trump was acting as the president of the United States was in line with how he treated the residents of Menie.
“You can see the same tricks being played, the same games,” he said. “He promises the earth and delivers a handful of dirt.
“It’s very difficult not to recognise the fact he is now the President of the United States, whether we like it or not. So we have to accept his presence, he is here on business.
“We have to follow through and conduct business in a professional, diplomatic and adult manner – whether he does the same or not is a different matter.
“I have met him twice in person here. But it is not something I would go out of my way to do again.