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Trump’s business troubles in Scotland

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Opposition graffiti on a building owned by Michael Forbes, on the Menie Estate on October 28, 2009 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Preparatory work started today on Donald Trump's golf project on the Menie Estate, north of Aberdeen, councillors gave clearance for work to be carried out to stabilize sand dunes in the area of the proposed site. However, some local residents, including Michael Forbes who stated thet he'd "would never sell to that loudmouth bully", are strongly opposed to it and are refusing to sell their homes on the land where Trump Snr. plans to build a billion-pound resort which will feature two golf courses, a hotel and some 1,000 holiday homes  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Opposition graffiti on a building owned by Michael Forbes, on the Menie Estate on in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Facing questions about meager fundraising, slipping poll numbers and campaign instability, Donald Trump is tending to business — in Scotland.

In his first international trip since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, Trump plans to check on a pair of his championship golf resorts. Some Republicans worry that the billionaire’s attention is divided between his businesses and his campaign

“I’m not sure what the purpose of the trip is,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who added that he hopes Trump “would get back here quickly.”

Trump’s son, Eric, who oversaw the two-year, more than $300 million renovation at the Trump Turnberry golf course, dismissed those concerns, saying “the eyes of the world” will be on his father during a two-day stay in Scotland that begins Friday.

“The Turnberry course is one of the crown jewels of the golf world and is now one of the crown jewels of our family’s properties,” Eric Trump said this week in an interview with The Associated Press. “He’s over there to inspect the course and to support his son who put a tremendous amount of time and energy into the project.”

Trump’s first stop Friday morning will be in Turnberry, which is nestled along Scotland’s western rocky coast and has been in use for more than a century. The site, which Trump bought in 2014, has hosted four British Open championships, was used as an airplane landing strip during both world wars and features a lighthouse that stands on the ruins of a 13th century castle.

He will visit another course he owns, in Aberdeen, on Saturday before returning to the United States after just 36 hours.

“It’s a brief but important visit and then he will be back on the campaign trail,” Eric Trump said.

The trip comes at a precarious time for the United Kingdom. Trump is expected to arrive a day after Britons vote on whether to remain in the European Union.

Trump does not have any meetings scheduled with Scottish political leaders, his campaign said. That stands in contrast to previous presidential nominees’ foreign trips. In 2012, for instance, Mitt Romney met with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Then-Sen. Barack Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2008.

Trump is slated to hold a news conference while in Scotland and could weigh in on Britain’s “Brexit” vote. The celebrity businessman said this week he supports Britain’s exit from the EU.

“I don’t think anybody should listen to me because I haven’t really focused on it very much,” he told Fox Business Network this week, “but my inclination would be to get out, you know, just go it alone.”

Tensions around the vote grew last week when Jo Cox, a member of Britain’s Parliament who was a vocal supporter of the UK remaining in the EU, was murdered. The man accused in the slaying later said “My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain” when asked in court to state his identity.

Trump, whose mother was born in Scotland, has long emphasized his ties to the country, but he has waged several battles with those in his ancestral homeland. He sparred with locals about development on Aberdeen’s famed dunes and over the wind farm he feared would block the view from his course. Earlier this year, he was stripped of an honorary degree from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Trump’s trip also comes just days after he dismissed his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and reported having just $1.3 million in cash on hand at the start of June, more than $41 million behind Democrat Hillary Clinton. But some of his allies insisted the trip would not be a distraction.

“A presidential candidate has every right to take a few days off and be with his family,” said Ed Cox, the chair of the New York State Republican Party. “Besides, the general election doesn’t really start until the convention next month. He has plenty of time.”


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Mary Clare Jalonick contributed reporting from Washington.

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1 thought on “Trump’s business troubles in Scotland”

  1. This the same “Eric Trump” who, after insisting over and over again that he and his sister were admitted to the Wharton School of Business “on their own merits” couldn’t multiply 17×6 and get the correct answer?

    To be fair, their father Donald Trump couldn’t get the right answer either, and even after having been given the correct answer and the reasoning behind it still insisted his answer was correct, so perhaps the school was being perfectly consistent.

    The link is to Mother Jones, which itself links to a video from the Howard Stern radio show.


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