The Donald Trump scoop which began life in Scotland

Behind Local News
Jul 1, 2018 · 2 min read

An investigation into Donald Trump’s affairs in Scotland by Scotsman reporter Martyn McLaughlin led to an exclusive which grabbed widespread attention on both sides of the Atlantic, including praise from Pullitzer Prize winner David Fahrenthold.

Martyn discovered that Trump’s golf resort at Turnberry in Ayrshire was receiving money from the US State Department — which was paying for officials to stay at the luxury venue — raising fresh questions about the relationship between the US President’s administration and his business interests.

The Scotsman front page splash was widely followed up by the US media, including MSNBC, USA Today and The Hill.

The story and various tweets about it were retweeted thousands of times, including by various journalists at CNN, the New York Times and Washington Post, including David Fahrenthold, the Pulitzer prize winning investigative journalist who specialises in writing about Trump.

He even wrote a tweet about how he started following The Scotsman on Twitter because of its “great reporting” about Trump.

Martyn followed up with two further exclusive lines including a second splash about the yawning gender pay gap within Trump’s Scottish businesses which undermines his public declarations on the issue, and questions about apparent disparities between his financial declarations to the UK and US authorities.

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