A leading environmental group has accused Donald Trump of being blind to the folly of his own arguments against windfarms.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) said the US businessman failed to see the irony in his claim he wanted to protect the Scottish countryside and economy – when his actions were doing the opposite.
In advance of his appearance today at Holyrood’s economy, energy and tourism inquiry into renewable energy targets, Mr Trump said windfarms would spell the end of Scottish tourism.
He claimed Ireland and other countries competing for visitors were thrilled that Scotland was “committing financial suicide”.
SWT conservation director Johnny Hughes said Mr Trump had caused “irreversible” environmental damage with his Menie Estate golf course.
He said: “It is unimaginable that Donald Trump can’t see the irony of his submission to the economy committee in which he says he can’t watch Scotland’s countryside and coastline being destroyed.
“It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry.