Friday, June 24, 2016

Donald Trump Says Something Stupid # 18: What Campaign? I’m Going Golfing In Scotland!

Last night the presumptive GOP nominee traveled to Scotland ahead of the Republican convention, only he is not headed abroad to talk to world leaders or bolster his foreign policy credentials.

Nope, Trump is leaving the campaign trail to promote a golf course his company purchased on the country’s southwestern coast.

Reports show that Trump has planned two days in Scotland with no meetings with government or political leaders scheduled.

The Times has stated that the Republican’s itinerary... 

reads like a public relations junket crossed with a golf vacation,” complete with “a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Asked about Trump's trip Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota told the Associated Press...

"I’m not sure what the purpose of the trip is,” 

Scott W. Reed, senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said... 

Everyone knows this is the wrong thing for the nominee to be doing now, and it is amazing this can’t be stopped.

Lanhee Chen, a fellow at the Hoover Institution who advised Mr. Romney in 2012 exclaimed...


Seems to me that a foreign trip driven solely by personal financial interests — as Trump seems to be planning later this week — would be unprecedented.

"The Eric"

Well, if anyone had any questions, all they had to do was ask Trump’s son Eric who explained that “the eyes of the world” will be watching as his father visits the Turnberry golf course…

The Turnberry course is one of the crown jewels of the golf world and is now one of the crown jewels of our family’s properties. He’s over there to inspect the course and to support his son (yes, that is third person) who put a tremendous amount of time and energy into the project.

"One of the crown jewels of the golf world"... If that were only the case.

Trump's Scottish golf course has been anything but a wildly successful venture despite his many attempts to convince anyone who would listen of the opposite. Trump even wrote an op-ed for a daily regional newspaper with the headline “How Scotland will help me become president.” In the piece, Trump wrote…

When I first arrived on the scene in Aberdeen, the people of Scotland were testing me to see just how serious I was – just like the citizens in the United States have done about my race for the White House…. I had to win them over – I had to convince them that I meant business and that I had their best interests in mind. Well, Scotland has already been won – and so will the United States.

The problem is that the entire venture has been a youuuugh disaster.

Over the past decade, Trump has battled with homeowners, displaced residents, elbowed his way through the planning process, shattered relationships with elected leaders and sued the Scottish government.

To top it off Trump has also reported to Scottish authorities that he lost millions of dollars on the project... wait for it... even though he claimed on his U.S. presidential disclosure forms that the course has been highly profitable.

FORE!

Trump should have taken his cue from President Obama. Wait until you've won before you start blowing off your job to go golfing!

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