President Donald Trump created a transatlantic diplomatic row over an attempt to protect the carpets at the commander-in-chief’s luxury golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland, The Scotsman reported Wednesday.
The brouhaha started when the Trump Organization banned a locally beloved, non-alcoholic soft drink from the resort. The decision was reportedly made to protect the carpets from stains.
“President Donald Trump hasn’t done much to endear himself to people in Scotland, with his history of outspoken comments and his lack of concern for environmental issues – but many think he’s gone too far this time,” The Scotsman noted. “The former businessman has been slammed in Scotland for the decision of management at his Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire to ban Scotland’s ‘other’ national drink – Irn-Bru.”
The article noted a Scot saying Trump had effectively, “declared war on Scotland.”
President Trump’s plans to build a second, 18-hole golf course near Aberdeen have infuriated many locals.
Trump’s latest decision may even increase the crowds protesting him if he were to visit Scotland again.
“The piecemeal ban on Scotland’s other national drink, long avowed as the ultimate hangover cure, has caused inevitable outrage on social media, and will likely swell the protests already planned should Trump visit Scotland as part of his trip to the UK in July,” The Guardian explained.
The newspaper noted Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and Scottish Greens leader Patrick Harvie have both independently pledged to organize protests.
“Someone who holds such misogynist, racist and anti-trade union views not to mention his whole approach to foreign policy, someone who rejects the Paris climate change agreement, should simply not be given the red-carpet treatment,” Leonard charged.