Trump’s Scottish golf courses claim $4 million in UK COVID aid
- Trump’s Scottish golf resorts have claimed millions in pandemic support from the UK government.
- Trump Turnberry and Trump International Scotland recorded multi-million losses in 2020.
- Company accounts signed by Eric Trump cite Brexit as a contributing factor to the stations’ difficulties.
Former President Donald Trump’s Scottish golf resorts have demanded more than $4million in UK emergency funds as struggling businesses laid off hundreds of staff amid the COVID pandemic -19.
Newly released company accounts for the two international stations revealed that the Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire and the Trump International Scotland near Aberdeenshire cut 273 jobs in 2020, while also claiming $3.7 million in furlough aid.
Trump ceded control of the two resorts to his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump shortly before his inauguration as president in 2017, but has retained a financial interest in the businesses, both of which are company-owned holding company Golf Recreation Scotland Ltd.
the BBC was the first to report the resorts’ additional claims for 2021, which are worth between $698,000 and $1.7 million, adding to a total of between $4.4 and $5.5 million in aid two-year leave. The new figures were not included in the most recent Trump company accounts, according to The Guardian.
Trump Turnberry recorded a loss of over $4 million in 2020 while the resort town of Aberdeenshire recorded a loss of $1.7 million. Filings for both stations cited the government lockdown, which forced businesses to be closed for several months in 2020 and 2021, as reasons for significant staff losses.
But accounts filed by Golf Recreation Scotland Ltd. and signed by its manager, Eric Trump, also cited Brexit as a contributing factor to the stations’ failing finances, according to The Independent.
“Brexit has also impacted our business as supply chains have been affected by the availability of drivers and staff, reducing deliveries and the availability of certain product ranges,” the accounts say, according to The Independent.
The documents go on to say that increased prices due to transport costs and import duties after the Brexit vote, as well as reduced availability of staff due to wage inflation, had an impact negative on stations.
During his presidential campaign and presidency, Trump has been a staunch supporter of Brexit, which saw a 2016 referendum vote for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union in 2016. The former president has nicknamed “Mr Brexit” in a 2016 tweet and celebrated the Brits, which he said “took over their countryduring a Turnberry appearance in 2016.
The company’s accounts, filed earlier this month, also suggested that the two golf resorts owed additional money to Trump himself in the form of loans from the former president’s personal funds and the company. holding company to Turnberry and Trump International Scotland, totaling more than $158 million, according to The Guardian. .
A representative for the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, nor did a spokesperson for Trump Turnberry or Trump International Scotland.
Trump opened the Aberdeenshire site in 2012 and bought the Turnberry complex in 2014. The former president is said to be particularly proud of his mother’s Scottish heritage.
Last month, a group of human rights lawyers lost their bid to force the Scottish government to investigate how Trump paid for his two golf courses in the country. Advocacy group Avaaz brought the case after the Scottish government refused to investigate an unexplained wealth order against Trump.