Trump accused of abusing UK Covid furlough scheme after Scottish resort claimed $700k taxpayer cash despite axing staff

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DONALD Trump’s Scottish firms have received as much as $700,000 via Covid furlough scheme — with at least £110,000 claimed while he was in office.

Union officials have slammed Trump Turnberry’s hotel in Ayr on the West Coast of Scotland, calling it “all-out assault on jobs and conditions”.

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Donald Trump’s Scottish firms have received as much as $700,000 via Covid furlough scheme[/caption]

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Trump Turnberry’s hotel in Ayr in West Scotland[/caption]

Unions are now calling for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to investigate.

The Scotsman reports former director of the Office of Government Ethics under the Obama and Trump administrations calling it a “disgrace” that UK taxpayers were “propping up” Trump’s business interests.

However, there is no suggestion of impropriety on the part of Trump’s companies and they are entitled to access the furlough initiative. 

Other prestigious golf resorts have claimed as much as, if not more, than his businesses.

But the RMT union said the Trump Organization’s approach of “hoovering up” public money while axing staff.

They argue this has made a “mockery” of a scheme that is aimed at making sure employers keep their staff. 

At least 66 jobs had been reportedly lost at Turnberry since last summer.

It is clear to us that at the very least the principles of the job retention scheme appear to have been breached by the Trump Organization


Mick Cash, the RMT’s general secretary

Some staff have reportedly been rehired on inferior terms.

Mick Cash, the RMT’s general secretary, told the Scotsman: “It is clear to us that at the very least the principles of the job retention scheme appear to have been breached by the Trump Organization and that should now be subjected to a detailed and forensic investigation by HMRC.”

He added: “It’s a scandal and as we slowly emerge from lockdown, we are calling for any discarded staff to be re-engaged on decent pay and conditions, and for that same principle to ‎be applied to new employees as well.”

HMRC’s data shows SLC Turnberry Limited received between $276,000 and $690,000. 

None of Trump’s Scottish firms have ever turned a profit, meaning they have yet to pay a penny in corporation tax.

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At least 66 jobs had been reportedly lost at Trump Turnberry since last summer.[/caption]


Walter Shaub, a former director of the US Office of Government Ethics, told The Scotsman: “This is another example of the US legal system failing to enforce the constitutional prohibition on a president’s receipt of emoluments.

“It’s also concerning because it means a former US president is beholden to a foreign government, which may be less concerning with the UK than with other nations, but is concerning nonetheless.”

Mr Shaub, now a senior ethics fellow at the Washington DC-based Project on Government Oversight, said: “From the UK perspective, I can’t imagine the citizenry there would be any more happy than a majority of US citizens were about tax dollars propping up an American president’s business interests.

“It’s a disgrace to the very concept of democracy.”

The Scotsman asked the Trump Organisation for comment, as well as details of how much it had claimed via the job retention scheme since March last year. It did not respond.

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