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Donald Trump and SNP MP Alex Salmond are butting heads – over a golf course

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17 December 2015

The fight is on, it seems. Donald Trump has labeled Alex Salmond an "irrelevant has-been" after the Scottish National Party (SNP) politician branded him a "loser".

US presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a rather public display of fury after Salmond suggested he was “three times a loser” – this row erupted after the UK Supreme Court ruled that developers could build a wind farm off the shores of Trump’s high-end golf course in Scotland.

Of course, Trump argued the wind turbines would spoil the view from the the links at Menie Estate and threatened to halt further development of his project if the scheme went ahead.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, however, predicted the venture would provide enough electricity to power 68,000 UK households over a year.

Speaking after the ruling, Salmond had accused Trump of damaging Scotland’s economy with his “unacceptable behaviour”, saying the billionaire had “at best postponed and at worst jeopardised” the £200m economic benefits from the wind farm project.

The MP said: “As First Minister, I was cited in Trump’s legal action. Now that it is concluded, I am free to speak my mind on the damaging impact of his interventions on the Scottish economy. First, he has failed to meet the claims he made for the Menie estate golf complex.

“He has created a fine golf course but it does not even have a permanent clubhouse at present, far less the claims of thousands of jobs and billions of investment. He has submitted further plans this year but we are now seven years into the project with very slow progress.

“Second, by his unacceptable behaviour he has condemned Turnberry, one of the outstanding golf courses on the planet, and the scene of two of the greatest Open Championships since the war, to Open Championship oblivion.”

A spokesman from The Trump Organisation responded to Salmond, saying: “Does anyone care what this man thinks? He’s a has-been and totally irrelevant. He should go back to doing what he does best – unveiling pompous portraits of himself that pander to his already overinflated ego.

“The fact that he doesn’t even know what’s going on in his own constituency says it all. We have a permanent clubhouse and the business is flourishing.”

This follows on from Trump being told off by prime minister David Cameron for his comments on banning Muslims. He called Trump’s endeavour “divisive, stupid and wrong”.

But although Cameron did not agree with a petition to ban Trump from entering Britain, he did say: “I think if he came to our country he would unite us all against him.”