US president-elect Donald Trump threatened Scotland’s first SNP First Minister that Scotland would go broke and would never be Independent of England after Alex Salmond’s government gave the go-ahead to an offshore wind farm overlooked by the Republican politician’s golf course development.
The messages, sent between September 2011 and June 2013, contain abuse and threats made by Trump, a former reality TV presenter, to the former first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, MSP, MP, whom he called “Mad Alex”.
These letters are by revealed by the ‘Huffington Post’ online publication under freedom of information rules – the type of which is presently being rejected – at first instance – by both the Scottish Parliament chief clerk Paul Grice and (most) Holyrood MSPs (with some honourable exceptions) in response to a Scottish energy freedom of information disclosure order presented by Scottish Energy News after Grice banned Scottish Energy News from attending the latest meeting of the Scottish Parliamentary Group on Renewables and Energy Efficiency.
In a letter in September 2011, Trump objects to the proposed windfarm development by Vattenfall, the Scandinavian utility, warning that “after totally decimating the local bird population, Aberdeen will be left with a useless eyesore.”
Trump sent Salmond a number of follow up letters, attaching what Trump described as “bad articles on wind projects.” A February 2012 letter warns of the fact that wind turbines are manufactured in countries like China, which, he claims “is laughing at you.”
The letter goes on to tell Salmond he will “single-handedly have done more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history,” should he go ahead with the Aberdeen Bay wind farm.
The billionaire businessman sought to get his way by telling Salmond the dream of Scotland’s independence would be “gone with the wind” if he continued with his support of windfarms.
Later he sent a one-sentence missive to the then First Minister asking why Swedish energy firm Vattenfall was ‘being allowed to ruin the Scottish coastline’, adding: “Let them ruin the coastline of Sweden first.”
On 9 February 2012, Trump told Salmond: “With the reckless installation of these <wind turbine> monsters, you will single-handedly have done more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history.”
He added that he would never support “this insanity” and claimed he was motivated by his family ties to Scotland.
“Please understand that I am doing this to save Scotland and honour my mother, Mary MacLeod who, as you know, was born and raised in Stornoway. She would not believe what you are doing to her beloved Scotland!”
And in a letter dated 12 March 2012 Trump threatened Salmond by writing: “Do you want to be known for centuries to come as ‘Mad Alex – the man who destroyed Scotland’?”
In his reply on 12 April, 2012 Salmond said: “We are determined to be on the right side of this debate, to deliver a future for the next generation, and a prosperous one at that.”
Trump subsequently launched a number of legal appeals in the Scottish and UK courts against the SNP-led Scottish Government’s decision to approve the Vattenfall offshore wind turbine near Aiberdeen.
Trump lost every court case and threatened – but did not do so – before the US presidential election campaign started to take his legal appeal to the Brussels-based European Court of Justice, one of the pillars of the European Union.
Later, former First Minister Salmond reflected on his dealings with Trump by saying: “Most American presidents don’t send you ‘green ink’ letters – let alone those WRITTEN IN CAPITAL LETTERS.”
And tonight, a spokesman for Salmond – who confirmed the authenticity of the Trump letters – said: “We can only hope that the responsibilities of office change a man and that the <US> President-elect comes to see the benefits of renewable energy – not only to the environment but to local businesses and communities.”
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