AYR, Scotland — Scottish golf courses owned by President Donald Trump’s businesses stand to benefit from more than a million dollars of taxpayer money, as part of a coronavirus relief program run by the Scottish government, according to government officials and an executive at one of Trump’s companies.
The financial relief is aimed at helping the country’s tourism and leisure industries hurt by the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trump Organization owns a 45-hole golf resort in Turnberry, a famed course on Scotland’s windy west coast, and a smaller course and hotel north of Aberdeenshire, called Trump International Scotland.
Restrictions prompted by the coronavirus have forced stores and sports facilities to close across Scotland and the rest of Britain. The Scottish government has offered financial aid to affected businesses in the form of tax relief aimed at boosting the tourism and the hospitality sectors.
Kenny Ross, a spokesperson for the South Ayrshire Council, one of the two