During his European visit Donald Trump’s Turnberry firm was paid more than £50,000 by the US government to cover the accommodation bill for his weekend stay at SLC Turnberry Limited, The Scotsman can reveal. This is one of several overnights at the South Ayrshire hotel and golf course, as The Scotsman revealed other “VIP visits” by the State Department have occurred (the parent organization to Turnberry has as its directors Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.), the sum of which amounts to over $68,000 US dollars.
The US taxpayers’ money went towards hotel rooms used by Mr Trump and his staff during his two-night stay, which the president said would be dominated by meetings and calls. He ended up playing two rounds of golf at the historic course. The parent company, Golf Recreation Scotland, remains wholly owned by Mr Trump via an entity known as the Donald J Trump Revocable Trust, a New York-based state grantor trust.
Financial records show Turnberry has not been profitable since Trump purchased it in 2014. According to the Scotsman, the Turnberry luxury resort lost $23 million in 2016 alone.
George Sorial, executive vice president and chief compliance counsel for the Trump Organization, said: “For United States government patronage, our hotels charge room rates only at cost and we do not profit from these stays.”