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Trump to Expand Scottish Golf Course, Despite Business Pledge

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By    |   Monday, 16 Jan 2017 01:50 PM

The Trump Organization announced that it would expand one of Donald Trump's Scotland golf courses, according to The Guardian.

Officials with the organization said that the expansion in Aberdeenshire, Scotland was not in opposition to Trump's pledge to stop pursuing deals in other countries.

"Implementing future phasing of existing properties does not constitute a new transaction so we intend to proceed," a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization told The Guardian.

The plans to expand the Trump International Golf Course include a 450-room hotel, a timeshare complex, and private housing estate. The new parts of the resort would increase its value, the Guardian reported.

Former White House chief ethics adviser Richard Painter, who advised George W. Bush, disagreed with the Trump Organization's claim.

"He's using language which is ambiguous. It clearly illustrates that around the world, he will just simply expand around the various holdings and as they continue to expand, the conflicts of interest expand," Painter said.

"It's like Monopoly; if you have one house on Boardwalk, it's not a new deal to go for three hotels on Boardwalk," Painter added.

Trump made the announcement during a press conference on Jan. 11. His lawyers Morgan, Lewis & Bockius released a document that said his pledge forbids new deals during his presidency "without exception," the Guardian reported.

During the press conference, Trump and legal adviser Sheri Dillon said Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., two of the president-elect's sons, would take over his properties, hotels, and golf courses, along with a Trump executive, before his inauguration.

Painter added that the lawyers' document was "meaningless language." He told the Guardian: "What is the definition of a new deal? When you're a real estate developer, you are constantly entering into new contracts, expanding existing facilities, refinancing leases.

Trump officials in Scotland said his pledge did not count against the golf course expansion because it was in the works before he won the presidency on Nov. 9, 2016, The Guardian reports.

The Scotland government said Trump must agree to construct a new primary school and affordable homes for locals before he would be allowed to build an 850-home private housing area, according to The Guardian.

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