It is a well-known fact that President Donald Trump loves to boast, brag, and talk non-stop about his life, accomplishments, and his famous friends. Trump is also famous for ignoring facts and reality.
After the passing of legendary actor Sean Connery, many took to social media to pay tribute. Trump posted a tweet remembering the late James Bond star and took the opportunity to bring the story to himself and his business ventures.
Trump beamed with pride over his famous golf property in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He revealed that Connery played a huge part in making the business happen.
The President stated that he was having a hard time convincing Scottish officials until Connery put his foot down.
Trump shared: “The legendary actor, 007 Sean Connery, has passed on to even greener fairways. He was quite a guy and a tough character. I was having a very hard time getting approvals for a big development in Scotland when Sean stepped in and shouted, ‘Let him build the damn thing.'”
Trump went on to claim: “That was all I needed. Everything went swimmingly from there. He was so highly regarded & respected in Scotland, and beyond those years of future turmoil was avoided. Sean was a great actor and an even greater man. Sincere condolences to his family!”
Trump’s story went viral, which prompted Alex Salmond, the former First Minister of Scotland, to step forward and poke several holes in it.
According to Salmond, Connery never intervened in Trump’s favor. In a statement, the politician revealed: “Scotland and much of the world is mourning the loss of a great spirit. Sean Connery’s contribution and life’s work was immense, real, and lasting, and everyone with an ounce of class is reflecting upon just that today. Tributes are great from all sources, but this is not a time for tweeting silly claims or indeed responding to them.”
According to official reports, Trump’s request to build the golf course and multi-million dollar resort was denied and later overturned.
When the decision was announced, this quote was attributed to Connery: “During tough economic times, this is a major vote of confidence in Scotland’s tourist industry and our ability to rise to the challenge. I look forward to seeing a new gem in the north-east that is good for Aberdeenshire and good for Scotland.”
Martin Ford, the Abdereenshire official, who was the head of the local committee that initially banned Trump’s development plans, also confirmed that Connery was never part of the discussion.
Ford said: “Mr. Connery was not involved in the due process that led to the granting of planning permission for a golf resort at Menie. He did not submit a letter of representation to the council, appear at the planning hearing, or at the local public inquiry.”
Trump has been pushing the lie for years. He even spun the wild tale during his 2018 meeting with former United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May.