AMERICAN businessman and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been stripped of his honorary degree from a Scottish university after calling for Muslims to be barred from entering America.
A spokesman said: “In 2010, Robert Gordon University awarded an honorary DBA to Mr Donald Trump in recognition of his achievements as an entrepreneur and businessman.
Mr Trump’s recent remarks have shown that he is no longer fit to be a business ambassador for ScotlandScottish Government spokeswoman
“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.”
Earlier, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon removed Mr Trump’s status as a business ambassador for Scotland with the GlobalScot network.
Ms Sturgeon had described his comments as “obnoxious and offensive”.
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “Mr Trump’s recent remarks have shown that he is no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland and the First Minister has decided his membership of the respected GlobalScot business network should be withdrawn with immediate effect.”
Mr Trump had been a member of GlobalScot since being invited to join in 2006.
The network of business leaders, entrepreneurs and executives with a connection to Scotland was set up by Scottish Enterprise in 2001.
A petition on Parliament’s website calling for Mr Trump to be barred from entering the UK had last night gathered more than 308,000 names, so MPs will have to consider debating it.
However, Chancellor George Osborne dismissed the calls, saying it was better for Mr Trump’s “nonsense” views to be challenged in debate.
Downing Street has made clear that Prime Minister David Cameron regards the presidential hopeful’s comments as “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong”.
London mayor Boris Johnson said Mr Trump’s comments about Islamist radicalisation in the city make him “unfit” to be US president.