The Scottish media outlet The Scotsman reports that Scotland has rejected Eric Trump’s latest plans to develop luxury homes around the Trump-owned Turnberry golf resort.
Donald Trump has repeatedly bragged about development deals surrounding his Scotland resort. Back in 2016, he stated that “I have the right to build thousands of homes” on his European golf properties.
The local officials did not agree with Trump’s views. Scottish leaders like the rolling beauty of the landscape along the Firth coastline more than they like the thought on Eric Trump and his family prospering from destroying agricultural fields and the natural beauty of the coastline.
Eric Trump had pitched authorities his plan to transform farmland surrounding the resort into villas and golf homes. The idea was to increase revenue at the Turnberry resort. Reportedly the resort has lost $40 million since Trump acquired it in 2014.
Eric Trump pitched local authorities on its “excellent track record of investment in the area” and bragged about the new jobs the villas would create in the area. According to The Scotsman, Trump’s development plan would cost an estimated $18 million in new properties.
Local authorities, however, disagreed with Trump’s calculations writing that development around Turnberry “would lessen its attractiveness as a host site for major golf events.”
“We will protect existing golf courses and . . . will not generally allow development which we consider may negatively affect the status of Turnberry” as a potential venue for the British Open, they wrote.
The Scotsman also reported that the land that the Trump family sought to develop “will remain zoned as prime agricultural land, deemed unsuitable for housing.”
Turnberry’s financial woes have been combined with a presidential scandal. Donald Trump has been accused of self-dealing. It was discovered that the Defense Department has been scheduling overnight stays at the resort for military members refueling at the Prestwick airport. It is believed that military members have stayed at the resort overnight on at least 40 times on taxpayer’s dime and enriching Donald Trump. Many of the militaries stays turned into multiday golf excursions. The Pentagon has spent an estimated $185,000 at the Turnberry resort since 2017.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, head of the House Oversight Committee, has raised constitutional red flags over the situation. He penned a letter to the Defense Department writing, “Given the President’s continued financial stake in his Scotland golf courses, these reports raise questions about the President’s potential receipt of U.S. or foreign governments’ emoluments in violation of the U.S. Constitution,” he wrote, “and raise other serious conflict of interest concerns.”
Donald Trump, of course, saw no issue with the military staying at his resort because it was enlarging his bank account. He even went to Twitter to brag about his resort stating it is not only “the greatest” but that it “furthers the U.K. relationship!”
Very proud of perhaps the greatest golf course anywhere in the world. Also, furthers U.K. relationship! https://t.co/3xTzzJH6Iq
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence is currently being investigated for steering his official travel to Ireland 180 miles out of the planned way so he and his family could stay at a Trump-owned resort.
When asked about his stay Pence took a play from his boss’s playbook and turned his response into an attack on Joe Biden and his family.
“The American people have a right to know if the vice president of the United States, or his family, profited from his position,” Pence said of Joe Biden. “When you hold the second-highest office in the land,” he added without irony, “it comes with unique responsibilities, not just to be above impropriety, but to be above the appearance of impropriety.”