Trump: I Should Be Thanked For Scottish Investment
10 December 2015, 12:14
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he should be thanked for investing in Scotland after he was stripped of an honorary degree and removed as a business ambassador.
The US businessman made the comments after Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen revoked the doctorate of business administration he was awarded in 2010 amid outrage over his calls for Muslims to be barred from entering America.
He also attacked Nicola Sturgeon and other UK politicians for "pandering to political correctness'' after Scotland's First Minister removed his membership of the GlobalScot business network.
Mr Trump, whose mother was from Lewis, owns two golf courses in Scotland - Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire and Trump Turnberry in South Ayrshire.
He told the Press and Journal newspaper: "I have done so much for Scotland, including building Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, which has received the highest accolades, and is what many believe to be one of the greatest golf courses anywhere in the world.
"Additionally, I have made a significant investment in the redevelopment of the iconic Turnberry resort.
"If they - Nicola Sturgeon and RGU - were going to do this, they should have informed me prior to my major investment in this £200 million development, which will totally revitalise that vast region of Scotland.
"The UK politicians should be thanking me instead of pandering to political correctness.''
RGU revoked the degree after saying Mr Trump's comments were "wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university'' after more than 70,000 people signed an online petition.
Ms Sturgeon has described his comments as ''obnoxious and offensive''.
More than 405,000 people have now signed a petition on the UK Parliament website calling for Mr Trump to be banned from the UK.