Seeing as how the renovations to Turnberry Golf Course in Scotland were largely helmed by Eric Trump, the GOP presumptive nominee wasted no time on Friday morning to blast his critics with the real reason that he made the trip abroad.
Although he finds himself just weeks from the party’s convention in Cleveland — and down substantially both in the polls and in fundraising efforts to Hillary Clinton — the real estate mogul made the unorthodox trip to Scotland for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. And while he opened his speech in unexpected fashion, during the question-and-answer portion of the event, Trump blasted his critics with an incredulous response about putting his family first.
Trump managed to turn the tables of criticism. “Really I wanted to support my children who have poured their hearts and souls into this development,” he noted at one point.
“Speaking of campaigning,” began one reporter, “a lot of people in the states are saying: did you really have to be here for this?” He then cut immediately cut off before his question could continue by the man at the microphone.
“You know I’m here? Because I support my children. OK next [question]” he firmly shot back.
Eric, Don Jr. and Ivanka are all managing partners of the Trump Organization’s golf, resort, and hotel assets around the world. But as a recent revealing sit-down interview with Forbes reveals, the popularity and success of Turnberry is now being negatively affected by those who can not separate politics from golf:
Case in point Eric explains: “There was a golf article that came out recently, and they wanted to rate the best courses in the UK. Turnberry is consistently ranked one of the top five in the world and they rated Turnberry number three with the following description: ‘There is no doubt that Turnberry is the best course in the UK. However it’s owned by Donald Trump which makes it third on my list.’ Not that it matters because Turnberry will always be Turnberry. And now it’s even more amazing. But really?”
He told Forbes, “I’ve been to Scotland every month over the last two years personally re-building every inch of this property.” The Trumps acquired Turnberry two years ago, when the hotel portion of the legendary golf course was in dire need of repair.
Watch the above clip from CNN.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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