Scotland's First Minister Got The Donald's Golf Course Approved, Then Asked For A Pretty Sleazy Favor
We're getting a better picture about the complex relationship between Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond--distinguished guest speaker at the Ryder Cup closing ceremony--and his former friend Donald Trump.
Magnus Gardham explains in the Scotland Herald that Salmond asked Trump "to back the Scottish Government's controversial decision to release the Lockerbie bomber on compassionate grounds."
Mr Trump, who is now in dispute with the Government over a proposed offshore wind farm within sight of his golf course, said he declined to put his name to the statement.
Labour said the approach suggested the First Minister believed he was owed a favour by the tycoon, although the Government insisted it was "perfectly entitled" to seek support.
The statement was drafted by Geoff Aberdein, then a special adviser and now the First Minister's chief of staff, in the days after Megrahi's release in August 2009.
The story goes on to quote the draft statement by Salmond's office that The Donald declined to put his name on. Salmond rivals are howling.
Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said: "Alex Salmond needs to tell the Scottish people why he thought it was appropriate to use his political and personal relationship with Donald Trump to gain support for such a controversial decision.
"It would appear the First Minister thought Mr Trump had a favour to return, even if the US tycoon didn't agree."