Donald Trump's plea to homeowners on the Menie Estate
DONALD Trump has urged homeowners who have refused to move off the estate where the business tycoon is currently developing a £750 million golf resort to sacrifice their homes so that it doesn't hurt his "great project".
In a new documentary, Trump voices his frustrations at homeowners such as crofter Michael Forbes and neighbour David Milne, both of whom have steadfastly refused to sell their land to the American billionaire since he first bought the estate in 2005, despite the threat of compulsory purchase orders.
Interviewed in his vast offices at Trump Tower in New York, Trump said: "If I was in a position, let's say, of a Forbes or a Milne and it was going to hurt a great project, I would try and make a deal."
He continued: "They wanted money; at one point Forbes had no problem selling his land and then, all of a sudden, he got greedy."
Forbes, who, along with several neighbours, is involved in Tripping Up Trump, the local Aberdeenshire organisation that has attempted to block Trump's attempts to build the development at every turn, refuted the allegation.
He said: "He can take his money and shove it up his arse. I don't care about his money."
Donald Trump's Golf War, which will be screened on BBC Two Scotland tomorrow night, provides an intimate portrait of both sides of the debacle, with cameras following Trump and his staff for four years as they attempt to get his long held dream to build a world class golf resort in Scotland off the ground.
With access to Trump's inner circle, including his wife, Slovenian model Melania, and children including Donnie Trump, who was later put in charge of the Aberdeenshire project, the documentary paints a picture of a "David and Goliath" battle between the tycoon and the residents of the Menie Estate.
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