Donald Trump said an independent Scotland would be “terrible” because the country would potentially lose the opportunity to host The British Open.
The US President said Scots “went through hell” and that the golf championship’s future could be jeopardised north of the border in the wake of a second referendum.
In an Oval Office interview with Wall Street Journal (transcribed in full via Politico ) he asks British editor-in-chief Gerard Baker: “Is Scotland going to go for the vote, by the way?
“You don’t see it. It would be terrible. They just went through hell. They just went through hell.
“One little thing, what would they do with the British Open if they ever got out? They’d no longer have the British Open.
He added: “Scotland. Keep it in Scotland.”
It comes as the Trump Organization announced a bid to build a second 18-hole links at Trump International Golf Links Scotland resort on the Aberdeenshire coast.
The plans face protest from environmental groups including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and conservation agency Scottish Natural Heritage, which could see them rejected by the council.
A spokeswoman for Trump International Golf Links Scotland said: “Our application is making its way through the planning system and this dialogue will continue until it goes before committee for consideration.
“We are extremely confident in our proposal and that this process will reach a satisfactory conclusion acceptable to all parties on our world class development.”