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Setback for president's courses

Losses rise at Trump’s Scottish golf resorts

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Trump at the unveiling of Turnberry

Losses have more than doubled at Donald Trump’s two Scottish golf resorts to £17.6 million. Revenue has also fallen.

Trump’s company said the loss at Turnberry was partly a consequence of having shut down for part of the year while re-designing the course.

The US president handed over management of his company, which also runs Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, to his two adult sons before taking up office, but he retains a financial interest in it.

Newly-filed figures show that revenue at the two courses fell 21% to £9m in 2016 from £11.4m a year earlier.

Scotland’s Environmental Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage, a conservation group, sent letters to Aberdeenshire Council in the summer urging it to reject Mr Trump’s plans for the second course if he did not make certain changes.
A vote by the council, expected in August, was postponed.

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