Alex Salmond has called Donald Trump “a complete and utter nincompoop”
President Trump had earlier issue a blow to Nicola Sturgeon and Mr Salmon as declared Scottish independence would be “terrible” for Scotland.
President Trump said Scotland had “just went through hell” and that the idea of having a re-run of Scotland’s 2014 independence referendum is “crazy”.
Mr Trump also said that David Cameron should have placed a 50-year ban on a second vote when he signed the Edinburgh Agreement with Alex Salmond.
He also expressed concern about what would happen to The Open golf championship if Scotland chose to leave the Union.
Mr Trump asked the reporter: “One little thing, what would they do with the British Open if they ever got out? They’d no longer have the British Open. Scotland. Keep it in Scotland.”
The Republican made the remarks in an unpublished interview with the Wall Street Journal last week.
Alex Salmond has accused Donald Trump of ignorance
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His comments came to light after the full transcript was leaked online.
Responding to Trump’s comments, Mr Salmond said: “Donald Trump’s opposition to independence should seal the deal for the SNP – and to do it on the basis of Scotland losing the ‘British Open’ is typical.
“The tournament is actually called The Open and the headquarters of the R&A is in St Andrews which last time I checked was in Scotland.
Donald Trump said Scotland had “just went through hell”
“The Grand Canyon is a minor crevice compared to the vast chasm of ignorance of that man.”
Mr Trump’s late mother Mary Anne MacLeod was born and raised on Lewis and he has long taken an interest in Scotland’s affairs.
The businessman owns two golf resorts at Turnberry in Ayrshire and Menie in Aberdeenshire and his organisation is in the process of investing £700million in the facilities.