Trump tweet about Scottish golf course an 'invitation to graft'

Ruben Hill
March 3, 2019

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to promote one of his money-losing Scottish golf courses as perhaps the world's "greatest" as well as being a diplomatic asset.

On Thursday, a court ruled Trump's company must pay for the Scottish government's legal fees incurred in the suit, so yeah, the United Kingdom probably is pretty happy about the golf course right now.

Trump's comments soon came under fire from ethics commentators. This is shameless, corrupt and repugnant presidential profiteering.

On Saturday, the watchdog Citizens for Ethics, which Shaub advises and which is suing Trump over such issues, tweeted: "There it is".

"There it is. The president is using an official statement as an ad for his business and making sure everyone knows he ties his business to USA relationships with foreign countries", the organization said.

Trump handed over control of his business to his sons in 2017 when his term as president began. Nonetheless, he has been widely accused of violating the clauses of the U.S. constitution created to stop presidents profiting from the office.

It is not the first time Trump's business ties have called his politics into question.

Trump's golf courses are a regular source of controversy in Scotland.

Golf course rankings are subjective and there's no absolute standard. On Thursday, the Trump Organization was ordered to pay the Scottish government's legal costs following a lengthy court battle over an offshore wind farm, the BBC reported.

In addition to calling the tweet evidence of corrupt behavior, Shaub said the president's remarks could be construed as an "invitation to graft".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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