Former Scotland Minister: Trump’s Course Hasn’t Delivered on Economic Promises

April 19, 2016

The people of Scotland are taking Donald Trump to task.

In an upcoming episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, reporter Bernard Goldberg looks back at a decade of the real estate magnate’s business in Aberdeen, Scotland, where Trump built what he calls the world’s greatest golf course: Trump International Golf Links Scotland.

“We have built something that some people are already saying is the greatest golf course in the world,” Trump told The Press and Journal last summer. “I think this is great for golf, and what is good for golf is good for Scotland as this is the home front for golf.”

But according to former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, who initially supported Trump’s project and convinced fellow politicians and residents to do the same, his people “were promised billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.” Those promises, he says, were broken.

“Sub-zero,” Salmond told Goldberg when asked to assess Trump’s current reputation among the locals. “Donald [Trump] couldn’t get elected the dogcatcher.”

As the Republican president front-runner in the U.S., Trump is vying for a position with significantly more power, which Salmond framed as a choice between nothing less than “sanity and insanity.”

“[He’s] not in the sane spectrum,” Salmond said.

The episode airs at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday on HBO just after polls close in the New York primary race, where Trump leads fellow candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich, 54% to 21% and 19%, respectively, according to the latest CBS poll.