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Scotland strips titles it gave to Donald Trump



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A Scottish university and the leader of Scotland's main political party have stripped Donald Trump of titles they had previously given him. Billionaire tycoon Mr Trump is currently the leader of the race to become the Republican Party's contender for USA president in November 2016. Trump's mother is Scottish and the business mogul has invested heavily in golf and tourism projects in Scotland. However, his recent call for all Muslims to be barred from entering the USA has created considerable controversy. The Scottish National Party (SNP) took away his title of "Global Scot" ambassador, and Scotland's Robert Gordon University revoked an honorary doctoral degree it awarded him in 2010.

Donald Trump has reacted angrily to his titles being taken away from him. He accused SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon of "failing to appreciate his greatness". He said: "Politicians should be thanking me instead of pandering to political correctness. I have done so much for Scotland." Ms Sturgeon said Mr Trump's "recent remarks have shown he is no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland". A spokesman for the Robert Gordon University stated: "In the course of the current US election campaign, Mr Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university. The university has therefore decided to revoke its award of the honorary degree."

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