A secret service agent guarding Donald Trump on his recent visit to the UK has died while with the president in Scotland.
The guard is reported to have collapsed while taking part in Trump’s security detail during his diplomatic mission in Europe. He was immediately treated at the scene but died later in hospital.
Trump was in Scotland last week, on Friday, July 13, after flying there to play golf following his meetings with Theresa May and the Queen.
He flew to Prestwick Airport and spent the weekend playing golf, which he calls his ‘primary form of exercise’, at his Turnberry resort in Ayrshire, according to the Daily Mail.
It was during his time at Turnberry that the secret service agent reportedly had a stroke and was rushed to hospital.
Before the agent died, a spokesman for the service said:
We are incredibly grateful for the emergency medical service providers and physicians in Scotland who are providing much needed critical care.
While Trump was in the UK, more than 150 US agents were brought over for the visit to protect the president.
Though he was photographed driving around the golf course with his son Eric, with a number of secret service agents, his visit to the resort was met with many protestors who lined up outside the course.
It was reported that the security bill for his two day trip to Scotland cost an estimated £5 million, just less than the £6 million spent on security for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
Trump’s visit to the UK was met with many people lining the streets of London, and further afield, to protest his arrival.
The visit was racked with memorable moments, though not exactly positively for Trump.
First, there was the giant inflatable Trump Baby that flew overhead during the president’s visit to the capital. Then he was seen holding hands with Theresa May, though that may be more embarrassing for her. And thirdly, he was filmed snubbing the Queen herself, standing in front of her and basically showing, again, how out of his depth he is in that kind of situation.
Since leaving the UK for Helsinki, where he met with Russian president Vladimir Putin, Trump continued his streak of memorable moments.
After meeting with Putin, Trump was slammed for siding with the Russian president following questions about their alleged meddling in the 2016 election campaign.
Trump has since, however, back-pedalled on the remarks he made about Russia, as The Guardian reports.
The amendment to his statement is as follows:
The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t, or why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ instead of ‘why it would’.
So you can put that in.
However, not one to make things crystal clear, Trump couldn’t resist leaving his statement open.
I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion. It could be other people also. There’s a lot of people out there.
Make your mind up, yeah?
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.