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NYT: Trump Tried to Make Scottish Residents Pay For Wall Near Golf Course

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By    |   Friday, 25 Nov 2016 04:05 PM

Long before he became president-elect, Donald Trump reportedly bullied residents living near a golf course he built in Scotland, constructed earthen walls blocking their views of the coastline, and then billed one family for some of the work.

According to a New York Times report, there are some unhappy people living near Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Scotland.

Trump allegedly told one couple he owned a portion of their garage that lies next to his golf course. When they refused to sell their property to Trump, he had his people plant trees and erect a fence that now block their view. The Times notes he sent them a $3,500 bill for the work, which they threw in the trash.

Another couple said a wall of earth was constructed on two sides of their property, which hides their once spacious view of the Scottish coast.

And a resident who works at a quarry said Trump called him "disgusting" and said he was "living like a pig" in a "slumlike" house after he refused to sell his home, which is adjacent to the golf course, to the real estate mogul.

The residents fight back by way of flying the Mexican flag and one that says "Hillary for President" when Trump is in town.

The golf course, according to the Times, was originally supposed to employ 6,000 people. Today it has around 100 employees and lost $1.36 million in 2015. It opened in 2012.

"He has a thing about walls, that Mr. Trump," resident Susan Munro told the Times. "I hope America has a better experience than Balmedie."

Trump has threatened to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico and have Mexico pay for it. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said in September his country has no intention of paying for it.

A Mexican cement company has already said it's ready to help build the wall.

"We can't be choosy," Enrique Escalante, Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC), told Reuters. "We're an important producer in that area and we have to respect our clients on both sides of the border."

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Long before he became president-elect, Donald Trump reportedly bullied residents living near a golf course he built in Scotland, constructed earthen walls blocking their views of the coastline, and then billed one family for some of the work.
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