Golf courses

Trump’s golf courses claimed nearly $4 million in British aid while he was president

donald trumpScottish golf courses claimed almost $4 million in aid from the UK government in 2020 while he was president of the United States, according to recently released financial documents.

Trump’s failing operations garnered COVID-19 relief during the pandemic, The Independent reportedeven though the US Constitution emoluments clause prohibits federal officials from accepting payments from foreign governments.

The payments have been detailed in newly published accounts filed with the UK by Golf Recreation Scotland Ltd., the holding company that owns the two golf courses.

Turnberry Trumpet in aryshire claimed some $3 million in COVID relief in 2020, according to filings, and Trump International in Aberdeenshire would have been collected some $600,000 aid the same year.

Business filings partly blamed Brexit losses – which Trump has strongly backed – for disrupting supply chains. Despite lavish British subsidies, companies continue to downsize.

The son of the former president, Eric Trumpwho was made station manager after his father was elected, championed foreign government subsidies, saying in one of the documents that they were “helpful in keeping as many jobs as possible”.

Nonetheless, he admitted, “uncertainty over the duration of support and the lasting impact of the pandemic meant layoffs were needed to prepare the company for the long-term effects on the hospitality industry.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.