Trump's trumpeting hurts ears in Scotland

April 3, 2008 at 2:11 PM

EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 3 (UPI) -- Donald Trump's brash statements concerning plans to build a resort in Scotland have perpetuated his image as an arrogant American, Scottish officials said.

In a Forbes Magazine interview, Trump compared his two-golf course project, which includes development on scientifically sensitive dunes in Aberdeenshire, to "ripping down a landmark building in New York."

He then failed the test of knowing what the Scottish designation SSSI -- site of special scientific interest -- meant, the Scotsman reported.

It means, "scientifically important something," Trump said.

He then predicted, "I'm going to get it," referring to approval for the project, which also includes a 450-room hotel, 950 vacation homes, 36 golf villas and 500 homes, the paper reported.

The application has already created a stir. When it was rejected by a local review board, Trump declined to appeal the decision. Finance Secretary John Swinney then took the unprecedented step of granting the application a government review.

A parliamentary panel criticized Swinney for meeting independently with Trump representatives.

Some called Trump's statements arrogant. But Conservative MSP David McLetchie, said "it's no surprise" Trump feels confident.

"Donald Trump is a gambler, but this time he is backing a racing certainty," McLetchie said.

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