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Development of Trump's course in Aberdeen required disturbing 4,000-year-old coastal sand dunes. Despite local opposition efforts, the Scottish government approved the proposal, finding that economic gains would outweigh environmental costs.[1]

Trump has vowed to suspend all development activities in Aberdeen in protest of the Scottish government's decision to build wind turbines off the coast of the resort. [2]

During the 2016 US Presidential campaign, Donald Trump threatened to withdraw his investments in Scotland if the British Parliament approved a proposal to ban him from entering the United Kingdom in response to his bigoted campaign statements about Muslims.[3]

Footnotes and Citations

  1. The initial plans for Trump's Aberdeenshire resort -- near Balmedie, on the northeast coast of Scotland -- called for the destruction of 4,000-year-old coastal sand dunes, leading to protests from local residents. An action group with the name Tripping Up Trump was even formed to prevent the construction of the 1-billion-pound (then about $2 billion) project, opposition that led to the documentary You've Been Trumped. Ultimately, Trump got his way, with ministers voting in 2008 in favor of the course's construction, deeming the economic benefits to outweigh the environmental cost. (New York Times, July 27, 2015)
  2. The Scottish government approved plans for an offshore wind farm just a mile or two from the coast of his Aberdeenshire course. Thus began Trump's running battle with Salmond, the most powerful Scottish parliamentary figure of his generation, who resigned his office in December. Appearing in front of a parliamentary committee, Trump labeled the wind turbines "one of the most serious problems Scotland will have or has had." When asked to present evidence of his assertion, he replied, "I am the evidence." [...] In something of a sulk, Trump has vowed to halt any further development of his resort at Balmedie should the wind farm be built -- and at present, it appears that it will. (New York Times, July 27, 2015)
  3. Donald J. Trump has threatened to abandon plans to invest more than $1 billion in Scotland if Britain bars him from entering the country over his comments that Muslim foreigners should not be allowed into the United States. In the wake of the comments late last year, which spurred a global outcry, interest surged in a petition calling for Mr. Trump, a Republican presidential contender and real estate developer, to be barred from Britain on the basis of laws against hate speech. More than 570,000 people in the country signed the petition, easily passing the threshold requiring Parliament to at least consider debating it. (New York Times, January 8, 2016)