“Traditionally, nominees travel oversees during this period to brush up their foreign policy depth and visit 10 Downing Street and Israel — for politics back here,” said Scott W. Reed, senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Everyone knows this is the wrong thing for the nominee to be doing now, and it is amazing this can’t be stopped.”
Mr. Trump will arrive Friday at Trump Turnberry, a luxury golf course and resort dating back to the 1900s that he bought in 2014. The property features picturesque views of the Irish Sea and suites costing as much as 800 pounds — roughly $1,200 — per night.
He has told aides that he hopes the trip, which includes a stop in Aberdeen on Saturday, will provide a much-needed “reset” for his campaign. But some of the aides have said privately that they wished he would cancel it…
Showing up right after the Brexit vote, in the middle of a tumultuous time, is leaving Mr. Trump especially vulnerable to criticism, as well as creating the potential for an international blunder.