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Presidential hopeful heads to Ayrshire

Trump to visit Turnberry but Sturgeon won’t meet him

Donald Trump freeDonald Trump plans to attend the official re-opening of Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire, potentially sparking a political backlash.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will not meet him when he arrives in Scotland for the ceremony on 24 June.

The US billionaire and US presidential hopeful bought the Ayrshire hotel and golf course for an undisclosed sum in 2014 and quickly stamped his identity on it.

Apart from renaming it he has invested £200 million in hotel and course which has undergone a redesign.

Mr Trump, the Republican nominee for the White House, will be in Ayrshire to mark the completion of work.

He said: “I own it and I am very proud of it. I look forward to attending the official opening of this great development on June 24th.”

Turnberry is on the rota of courses that can stage the Open Championship and Mr Trump has said that was a factor is his decision to purchase the resort.

A spokesman today said it would be “an honour and a privilege” to host the Open.

However, Mr Trump is likely to face some obstacles, not only political, but also from those within the sport who were offended by his attacks on muslims.

 



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