Nov 12th, 2016
Trump's Aberdeen neighbours warn America
Promises you the earth & gives you a handful of dirt
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
A man who had his house surrounded by a six-foot wall of mud after it was branded an “eyesore” by Donald Trump, has called his US election victory a "farce."
David Milne said that Americans had “no idea” what was coming after Trump was made President-elect. Mr. Milne has been battling to save his home, a former coastguard station on the Aberdeenshire coast, for over a decade. Mr. Trump called the cottage, which stands on a ridge above the clubhouse green, an “ugly eyesore” that “didn’t deserve to be there”.
“Trump tried every trick in the book,” said Mr. Milne. "He was determined to get me out.”
A six-foot wall of dirt was built in front of Mr. Milne’s cottage, blocking his view to the sea. Then a fence was built that cut into the cottage’s garden. Mr. Milne was sent a £2,500 bill. "I refused to pay," said Mr. Milne. "I reckon Trump will find the Mexicans refuse to pay up for their wall too."
“Trump was given permission to build his golf course after he promised the government he would create thousands of jobs and build hundreds of homes. None of that has happened.”
“Our community and the environment have been irreparably damaged."
“He promises you the earth and gives you a handful of dirt. What he promises is nowhere near what you get. The Americans have been stitched up.”
James Duthie, 55, who owns the nearby Aikenshill House Hotel, said Trump “had failed to make good on his promises”.
He said: “I hope he does a better job as president than he has done around here.”
Aberdeenshire councillor Martin Ford said the “economic benefits” Mr. Trump promised had never materialised.
“Mr. Trump is a master of false advertising and empty promises,” he said. “It looks as the golf course will now fizzle out of the picture, after enormous damage has been done to the community and the environment. It doesn’t bode well for America.”