Donald Trump’s Scottish Golf Courses have claimed $ 4million (Â£ 3million) in emergency leave payments from the UK government, according to recently released accounts.
Documents filed with the UK’s Companies House showed that Trump’s holding company, Golf Recreation Scotland Ltd, which owns Trump Turnberry, suffered a loss of $ 4.55 million (Â£ 3.4 million ) in 2020.
The Trump Turnberry complex in Ayrshire was forced to close from March to July 2020, and then from November to April 2021.
He received more than $ 3million (Â£ 2.3million) in paid leave after downsizing from an average of 541 to 289.
Trump International in Aberdeenshire reported a loss of $ 1.74million (Â£ 1.3million) over the same period.
The BBC reported that SLC Turnberry, a subsidiary of Golf Recreation Scotland, received between $ 582,000 and $ 1.47 million (Â£ 435,000 and Â£ 1.1 million) from January to August 2021 as part of additional leave requests not published by the UK government.
Eric Trump, the director of the company, signed a statement which said: âThe support from the government has been helpful in keeping as many jobs as possible, however, the uncertainty of the duration of the support and the sustained impact of the pandemic meant layoffs were needed to prepare the company for the long-term effects on the hospitality industry.
Both courses have seen their incomes plummet due to Covid restrictions.
Trump Turnberry’s revenue fell more than 50% in 2020 as he reported a heavy loss for the year.
“The property remains fully committed to the resort and future plans are set to further improve the resort, maintaining Trump Turnberry as Scotland’s premier destination for luxury travel, championship golf and special events,” the statement said. of the society.
He blamed Brexit – of which Donald Trump was a big supporter – for supply chain disruptions.
Lack of drivers and staff impacted product availability, and additional freight and airport fees have driven prices up, the company said.
In November, Scottish courts rejected a legal offer to force lawmakers to investigate Mr Trump’s purchase of his two popular golf resorts.
The country’s top prosecutor is debating whether to continue an investigation into how the former president paid for his Trump Turnberry course in 2014, and Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen eight years earlier.
Allen Weisselberg, longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, stepped down as director of Golf Recreation Scotland in October after being charged with tax evasion, documents show.
He had previously resigned as director of Trump International Scotland in July.