Categories for Scotland

29,899. 10/25/2019

ETHICS/MILITARY/SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “The Air Force has concluded scores of overnight stays at President Donald Trump’s seaside resort in Scotland did not violate any rules but did raise questions about the ‘public perception’ of funneling taxpayer funds to a property owned by the commander in chief. The review, overseen by the Air Mobility Command, recommended aircrew commanders receive additional training to help them decide where to house personnel on overseas missions that include stopovers at civilian airfields such as Glasgow Prestwick Airport, about 40 minutes from Trump’s golf resort. That includes asking ‘are there any obvious concerns to be considered about public perception of where the crew is lodging?’ according to the review, ordered by the Air Force secretary and chief of staff after POLITICO first reported in August that Air Force crews are regularly staying at the plush resort.”

Bryan Bender, “Air Force: Trump resort stays broke no rules but raise ‘public perception’ dilemma,” Politico, October 25, 2019 5:12 pm

29,405. 10/11/2019

ETHICS/GOLF/SCOTLAND/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP FAMILY: “Last month, the Trump family business received approval from a local government in Scotland for a major expansion of its golf resort near Aberdeen, marking the largest real estate development financed by the Trump Organization since the 2016 election. In August, President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., flew to Jakarta to help kick-start sales at a pair of Trump-branded luxury resorts planned for Indonesia. He appeared at a private event with wealthy prospective buyers and joined his politically connected billionaire Indonesian business partner at a news conference. And last year, Donald Jr. visited India to sell condos at future Trump-branded towers, appearing at an event that also featured India’s prime minister. But for the children of the politically powerful, personal business and public dealings can often be indistinguishable, especially when private projects depend on foreign governments that are looking to bolster ties with Washington.”

Eric Lipton, Steve Eder and Ben Protess, “Those Foreign Business Ties? The Trump Sons Have Plenty Too,” The New York Times online, October 11, 2019

28,757. 9/26/2019

SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Despite opposition from many local residents, the Trump Organization on Thursday [9-26-19] received approval in Scotland for what will be the largest new company-financed real estate development project since President Trump was elected: a major expansion of its golf resort near the northeast port city of Aberdeen. The plans call for the construction of 500 homes, 50 hotel cottages, and sports and retail complexes next to the Trump family’s Aberdeen golf club, which has struggled financially since the company purchased the property more than a decade ago. A second 18-hole golf course is also planned on the 1,500-acre site, north of Aberdeen. The first phase of this project is more modest: about 80 homes and five hotel lodges, documents show. But unlike most of the recent Trump projects, this is not simply a matter of selling the Trump name or hotel management services. The Trump Organization would be the real estate developer on the project, which could cost an estimated $180 million if it is entirely built out as approved this week.”

Eric Lipton, “Trump Organization Receives Approval to Expand Golf Resort in Scotland,” The New York Times online, September 26, 2019

28,470. 9/17/2019

MILITARY/SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Air Force officers who have earned medals for their tours of duty can pick up some more brass with a short pit stop in Southwest Scotland. As part of its relationship with the Air Force, the Trump Turnberry resort occasionally gifts high-ranking officers a version of its ‘Pride Pin,’ a lapel pin featuring the property’s iconic lighthouse — an honor reserved for VIPs — upon their arrival, according to a resort staffer familiar with the practice. Rank-and-file members can expect a more basic welcome package in their rooms, featuring goodies like Scottish shortbread. A five-day visit to Turnberry and the surrounding region revealed that the regular visits from Air Force crews on layovers from Prestwick Airport have become a major facet of the life of the resort. It also revealed that, rather than being restricted to single-night refueling stops, some visits last multiple nights, expanding the known dimensions of the relationship between the president’s luxury resort and the U.S. military.”

Ben Schreckinger, “Air Force crews stayed at Trump’s Turnberry resort for days at a time,” Politico, September 17, 2019 5:00 am

28,365. 9/12/2019

DEMS/INVESTIGATIONS/MILITARY/SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “The U.S. Air Force has lodged crews at President Donald Trump’s Scotland resort up to 40 times since 2015, a figure that is far higher than previously known. The tally represents the preliminary results of an Air Force review launched after POLITICO reported last week that an Air National Guard crew stayed at Turnberry in March. Congressional Democrats have also been investigating military stays at the property, but have yet to receive any information from the Pentagon. The figure does not indicate how many of the stays have occurred since Trump became president. But the Air Force has significantly ramped up its overnight stops in Scotland under Trump after signing a contract with the Prestwick Airport — situated 20-plus miles from Turnberry — in the waning months of the Obama administration. Since 2015, the service has lodged crews in the area 659 times, meaning up to 6 percent of those stays were at Turnberry.”

Bryan Bender and Natasha Bertrand, “Air Force says it sent crews to Trump’s Scottish resort up to 40 times,” Politico, September 12, 2019 8:26 pm

28,291. 9/10/2019

MILITARY/SCOTLAND/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday [9-10-19] defended military expenditures at President Donald Trump’s properties, arguing that hotels owned by the president are “just like any other hotel’…McCarthy’s defense comes as the Air Force has launched a global review of its layover policy following a POLITICO report that crews have made multiple stays at Trump’s luxury seaside Turnberry golf resort in Scotland, an unusual stop for crews heading to and from the Middle East. On Friday [9-6-19], POLITICO revealed that the House Oversight Committee began looking into the peculiar uptick in fueling stops at a small commercial airport servicing the hotel this April after an Air Force crew stayed overnight at Trump’s resort weeks earlier.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “McCarthy defends military stopovers at Trump’s Scottish resort: ‘It’s just like any other hotel’,” Politico, September 10, 2019 12:48 pm

28,249. 9/9/2019

MILITARY/SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “I know nothing about an Air Force plane landing at an airport (which I do not own and have nothing to do with) near Turnberry Resort (which I do own) in Scotland, and filling up with fuel, with the crew staying overnight at Turnberry (they have good taste!). NOTHING TO DO WITH ME”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 9, 2019 8:43 am

28,241. 9/9/2019

MILITARY/SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Back in 2014, soon after acquiring a golf resort in Scotland, Donald J. Trump entered a partnership with a struggling local airport there to increase air traffic and boost tourism in the region. The next year, as Mr. Trump began running for president, the Pentagon decided to ramp up its use of that same airport to refuel Air Force flights and gave the local airport authority the job of helping to find accommodations for flight crews who had to remain overnight. Those two separate arrangements have now intersected in ways that provide the latest evidence of how Mr. Trump’s continued ownership of his business produces regular ethical questions. On Monday [9-9-19], President Trump sought to tamp down a growing controversy over a stay at the resort by United States military personnel who were traveling through the airport in Scotland in March. First on Twitter and later speaking to reporters at the White House, he said he was not involved in any decision to put an Air Force flight crew at the resort, known as Trump Turnberry.”

Eric Lipton, “Trump Had Deal With Scotland Airport That Sent Flight Crews to His Resort,” The New York Times online, September 9, 2019

28,183. 9/6/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/MILITARY/SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “In early Spring of this year, an Air National Guard crew made a routine trip from the U.S. to Kuwait to deliver supplies. What wasn’t routine was where the crew stopped along the way: President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow, Scotland. Since April, the House Oversight Committee has been investigating why the crew on the C-17 military transport plane made the unusual stay — both en route to the Middle East and on the way back — at the luxury waterside resort, according to several people familiar with the incident. But they have yet to receive any answers from the Pentagon. The inquiry is part of a broader, previously unreported probe into U.S. military expenditures at and around the Trump property in Scotland.”

Natasha Bertrand and Bryan Bender, “Air Force crew made an odd stop on a routine trip: Trump’s Scottish resort,” Politico, September 6, 2019 6:01 pm

26,135. 6/28/2019

GOLF/SCOTLAND/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The sand dunes on the Trump International golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, are expected to lose their protected conservation designation, the government said Friday [6-28-19]. Scottish Natural Heritage said that about a third of the dunes on the Menie Estate have been damaged in the development of the course. The remainder of the habitats in the area have been ‘significantly fragmented, and ecological processes disrupted,’ the agency said. The dune habitat covers about 154 hectares, or about 0.6 square miles. Development has damaged about 15% of the area, and the conservation group is removing the area from the Foveran Links Site of Special Scientific Interest, pending a three-month consultation…The site is a ‘very high quality example’ of a sand dune system typical of northeast Scotland, the agency said, important for the wide variety of coastal landforms and processes in the region.”

Michelle Lou, “Why the dunes at Trump’s Scottish golf course may lose their protected status,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 28, 2019 3:24 pm

19,402. 10/5/2018

GOLF/SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “The Turnberry golf resort owned by US president Donald Trump has racked up millions of pounds of losses for the fourth year in a row. According to Companies House filings, SLC Turnberry’s parent company Golf Recreation Scotland was in the red by almost £3.4m in 2017. In the previous year, it posted losses of £17.6m after the resort was closed for six months for redevelopment. Since Mr Trump took over Turnberry in 2014, its losses have totalled £33m. Mr Trump stepped down as a director in January last year after becoming US president, handing control of his business empire to his sons. In the latest set of accounts, his son Eric – who remains as a director – said: ‘Having seen a decline in turnover of 22% in 2016 due to the resort only being open for six months, 2017 saw an increase in revenue year over year of 70%.'”

BBC Staff, “Trump Turnberry posts losses for fourth year in a row,” BBC.com, October 5, 2018

4,839. 1/21/2015

ENERGY/OIL/SCOTLAND: “Based on new oil prices, the ugly windfarms being built in Scotland will quickly die! What a mess!”

 – 1/21/2015, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, 1/21/2015

4,579. 7/30/2014

ENERGY/SCOTLAND: “I can’t believe that Prime Minister @David_Cameron is giving massive subsidy to Scotland to destroy itself with windfarms.”

 – 7/30/2014, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, 7/30/2014

4,279. 1/9/2014

ENERGY/MEDIA/SCOTLAND: ” ‘Offshore wind is a dead duck in Scotland and it’s time Alex Salmond manned up, stopped blaming Westminster and faced reality. No energy policy is sustainable if it is unaffordable.’ Graham Lang/The Northern Times @AlexSalmond @AberdeenCC @pressjournal” [1:42:01 PM]

 – 1/9/2014, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Trumptwitterarchive.com, Twitlonger.com, 1/9/2014

4,232. 12/13/2013

ENERGY/SCOTLAND: “Economics behind ugly, bird killing wind turbines do not work–will destroy Scotland’s beautiful coastline. @http://bit.ly/19GZidj @AlexSalmond @aberdeenshire @AberdeenCC” [10:05:57 AM]

 – 12/13/2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, twitlonger.com, 12/13/2013

4,178. 11/29/2013

ENERGY/SCOTLAND: “First Minister Salmond should stop his fruitless drive for obsolete wind turbines in Scotland-he would become popular again! @alexsalmond”

 – 11/29/2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, 11/29/2013

4,173. 11/28/2013

ENERGY/SCOTLAND/TERRORISM: “@RSPBScotland @alexsalmond, the same man that released Pan Am terrorist for humane reasons, will destroy Scotland with grotesque turbines!”

 – 11/28/2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, 11/28/2013

4,022. 10/29/2013

ENERGY/SCOTLAND: “Great victory for people of Blackdog, Scotland. They defeated substation, stopping inefficient & ugly wind [email protected]

 – 10/29/2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, 10/29/2013

3,916. 10/4/2013

ENERGY/SCOTLAND: “Congrats to people of Scotland on the Judge’s ruling concerning bird killing, land destroying, environmentally disastrous windmills.”

 – 10/4/2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, 10/4/2013

3,903. 10/3/2013

ENERGY/SCOTLAND: “Great ruling on wind farm in Scotland—very smart judge! Front page article. http://t.co/e2jkGV7DP4”

 – 10/3/2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, 10/3/2013

3,734. 9/5/2013

ENERGY/SCOTLAND: “A 40mph gust of wind wrecked a wind turbine in Scotland http://t.co/0judNAN1cU Any turbine in close proximity to a school must go!”

 – Sept. 5, 2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, 9/5/2013

3,636. 8/21/2013

ECONOMY/ENERGY/SCOTLAND: [email protected] If a country wants to rapidly destroy its economy, I have an idea–just put up subsidized wind turbines–they’re killing economies all over the world.” [9:48:16 AM]

 – 8/21/2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Trumptwitterarchive.com, Twitlonger.com, 8/21/2013

3,582. 8/9/2013

ENERGY/SCOTLAND: “First Minister @AlexSalmond will be destroying the beauty of Scotland with his insane desire for bird killing wind turbines.”

 – 8/9/2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, 8/9/2013

3,585. 8/9/2013

ENERGY/SCOTLAND: “If FM @AlexSalmond needs to litter Scotland w/ ugly industrial wind turbines to gain independence, he will lose! http://t.co/TqKkClY4VL”

 – 8/9/2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, trumptwitterarchive.com, 8/9/2013

3,538. 7/24/2013

ENERGY/SCOTLAND: “Why is @AlexSalmond pursuing environment destroying windmills when @VattenfallGroup quit because of no recovery for region’s ailing electrical markets?” [10:51:35 AM]

 – 7/24/2013, Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Trumptwitterarchive.com, Twitlonger.com, 7/24/2013