A tax rebate setup to help small businesses in Northern Scottland is being taken advantage of by Donald Trump’s hotel in Turnberry. A fact Martin Ford — Scottland’s Minister — is none too pleased with.
“All policy changes have unintended consequences, and this is a bad one for the Scottish government,” Ford said. “Absolutely no one would think that the best use of nearly £110,000 of public money is to use it to enhance Mr. Trump’s bank balance. He clearly doesn’t need it.”
According to the report from The Guardian:
“Figures reveal that the Trump Turnberry hotel on the coast of Ayrshire, where suites cost up to [$1,045] a night, had its property tax cut by [$140,466] as a result of the measure. That led to a 13.5% reduction in its normal annual business rates bill of [$1,041,157].”
This news comes on the heels of the Trump Turnberry hotel manager speculating that the property could see a sharp increase in profits. Possibly even %20 higher than the golf course made in 2007, a whopping $20,535,040.
“Trump’s brand is toxic. It’s bad enough that he has a business presence in Scotland. It’s galling to learn that the public purse is giving him a helping hand,” said Scottish Green Party leader Patrick Harvie
This also represents yet another issue that continues to plague the Trump administration whether Trump will admit it or not: Trump’s hotel collection — locations both foreign and domestic — is a direct violation of the Emoluments Clause in the U.S Constitution which reads:
“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.”
An “emolument” is any payment made. Most of us receive emoluments from our employers. That Trump owns hotels in which foreign officials may pay to stay means he is violating Constitutional law. Something Republicans seem to disregard. It would seem the only time they truly cared about the Constitution is when they could wave it about to claim a black man was violating it.
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