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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."

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Reader Comments (5)

Ridiculous - why on earth would anyone think Trump's support would matter to anyone with more than half a brain?
10.9.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdavid
Salmond is a very skilled orator but he has always been sleazy in my opinion!
Like I said yesterday, Trump should reveal the contents of this email to give us all a good laugh. The release of Megrahi should have resulted in a U.S. boycott of Scotland, truly a missed opportunity. I hope the Pan Am 103 victims' families push this issue further in the run-up to the 2014 Ryder Cup. Could get interesting.
10.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterManos
Manos-read the story-the e mail was released yesterday.
Real golfers won't boycott Scotland.Don't expect you to come anyway-surely you aren't allowed out!
WTB, asking a lot to expect Manos to be able to read, I think.
10.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPsycho

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