Trump: The Ultimate Deadbeat Wind-Bagger

October 8, 2019

Wind farm in ocean

“Great and unmatched wisdom” guy stiffs Scottish Court on costs of his predictably dumb war on wind turbines.


Donald Trump’s family firm is refusing to accept a legal bill worth tens of thousands of pounds after he lost a lengthy court battle against a windfarm near his Aberdeenshire golf course, according to the Scottish government.

A Scottish court ruled in February this year the Trump Organization had to pay the Scottish government’s legal costs after his attempt to block an 11-turbine windfarm in Aberdeen Bay ended with defeat in the UK supreme court in 2015.

The Scottish government has said Trump’s firm has refused to accept the sum it had put forward or reach an agreement on costs, so the case is now in the hands of a court-appointed adjudicator.

“As the amount of expenses has not been agreed, we are awaiting a date for the auditor of the court of session to determine the account. We expect payment when this has been completed,” a government spokeswoman said.

The case is expected to be heard quickly. Sarah Malone, executive vice-president of the Trump golf resort, said claims the firm had refused to pay the sum sought by the government are incorrect. “This is not in our control,” she said. “The matter is in the hands of the auditors of the court of session and the Scottish ministers.”

Trump launched his campaign against the Aberdeen Bay windfarm in 2012 after claiming the “monstrous” project, a scheme to test wind turbine technologies, would ruin the view from his golf resort at Menie, north of Aberdeen, and dissuade guests from playing there.

He took his battle to the Scottish parliament, claiming the country’s heavy investment in onshore windfarms would ruin its tourism industry. In one famous exchange with MSPs, Trump insisted the committee did not need to call any witnesses to verify his claims.

“I am the evidence,” he said. “I’m an expert in tourism. I have won many, many awards … if you dot your landscape with these horrible, horrible structures, you will do tremendous damage.”

Trump fell out with Alex Salmond, the then first minister, who had championed Trump’s claims the economic benefits of his Aberdeenshire resort justified bulldozing a very rare dune habitat he was building it on, as well as overriding local planning rules.

After Trump lost the supreme court case in 2015, Salmond branded him a “loser” and Trump retaliated by describing the then former first minister as a “has-been”.


Trump alleged Salmond promised him the windfarm would never be built when the pair met for dinner in New York in 2007, before Trump won planning permission for the resort. Salmond denied doing so.

Trump made good his promise to fight the windfarm, which was backed by the Scottish government, the European Union and prominent major business leaders in Aberdeen who had previously championed his golf resort application, by launching a court challenge against it in 2013.

Trump’s lawyers alleged in court in 2014 that Salmond had illegally interfered with the windfarm project to ensure it was approved. Those claims were rejected by Scottish civil court judge Lord Doherty. Trump had also tried but failed to become a party in a separate legal battle to stop the Viking wind project, involving 107 turbines, being built on Shetland.

Trump’s critics claimed the property mogul was complaining about the windfarm to deflect attention from his financial problems in Aberdeenshire, and the dire impact of the 2008 global recession on its prospects.

Last month the company admitted the 2008 recession and the collapse in oil prices in 2014 had been the reason the resort was never developed in line with Trump’s original plans. The Trump International Golf Club posted a £1m annual loss for 2018 last week, the seventh loss in a row. Trump and his family firm have now loaned the business £43m and it has yet to turn a profit.

13 Responses to “Trump: The Ultimate Deadbeat Wind-Bagger”

  1. Don Osborn Says:

    Yep, smartest most stable genius numero uno master of all things business…

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    If he doesn’t pay, build a wall around the property and don’t let anyone enter. If and when he does finally pay, make him pay for the cost of the wall as well.

    Great and unmatched mental illness is what we have here.

  3. Peter Scheffler Says:

    What a fake photo! Everyone knows he is such a good golfer he never hits into a bunker.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      What is even more revealing about that photo is the size of his gut and waist—-he has to weigh 280 or 300, not the “fake news” 239 they put out earlier this year. You can find lots of pics of him golfing that show a huge butt as well.

  4. Jean Swan Says:

    For some reason I was interested in why Trump was fighting a wind farm so he could have a gulf course..just seemed so obviously wrong..What a greedy crook,ruining the planet more than most other humans..and He is President of the USA?!

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but DJT got the critical combination of Electoral College vote. Don’t get me started….

  5. jfon Says:

    Trump failed to block a 90 megawatt wind farm, expected life probably 25 years, capacity factor maybe 45%. The Kennedy family succeeded in blocking the Cape Wind project, which would have had five times the output. Worse, together with New York governor Cuomo and other alleged ‘environmentalists’, they’ve succeeded in mandating the premature close of Indian Point nuclear power station, which has the same (minimal) carbon footprint as wind, was in the process of getting a twenty year licence extension, and over that time, would have made about forty times as much power as the Aberdeen Offshore wind farm will, during its entire lifetime.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      The Kennedy family succeeded in blocking the Cape Wind project, which would have had five times the output.

      Yes, but aside from that…and Joe’s unilateral decision to have his daughter lobotomized…and the coverup of the death of Mary Jo K…and Robert Jr.’s anti-vax campaign, what problems do you have with the Kennedys.

      • Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

        Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how did you like the play?
        A wind farm in Tasmania is been objected to by Bob Brown, senator for decades, leader and face of the greens. Objections include loss of ‘ambiance’.
        Consider the following pages a impassioned rant against self righteous fantastical egotists.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      If that’s a tax filing, he may be faking the losses.

      Trump’s properties are worth a lot when it comes to applying for loans, but not very much when it comes to paying taxes.

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