DONALD Trump has urged homeowners who have refused to move off the estate where the business tycoon is currently developing a £750 million golf resort to sacrifice their homes so that it doesn't hurt his "great project".
In a new documentary, Trump voices his frustrations at homeowners such as crofter Michael Forbes and neighbour David Milne, both of whom have steadfastly refused to sell their land to the American billionaire since he first bought the estate in 2005, despite the threat of compulsory purchase orders.
Interviewed in his vast offices at Trump Tower in New York, Trump said: "If I was in a position, let's say, of a Forbes or a Milne and it was going to hurt a great project, I would try and make a deal."
He continued: "They wanted money; at one point Forbes had no problem selling his land and then, all of a sudden, he got greedy."
Forbes, who, along with several neighbours, is involved in Tripping Up Trump, the local Aberdeenshire organisation that has attempted to block Trump's attempts to build the development at every turn, refuted the allegation.
He said: "He can take his money and shove it up his arse. I don't care about his money."
Donald Trump's Golf War, which will be screened on BBC Two Scotland tomorrow night, provides an intimate portrait of both sides of the debacle, with cameras following Trump and his staff for four years as they attempt to get his long held dream to build a world class golf resort in Scotland off the ground.
With access to Trump's inner circle, including his wife, Slovenian model Melania, and children including Donnie Trump, who was later put in charge of the Aberdeenshire project, the documentary paints a picture of a "David and Goliath" battle between the tycoon and the residents of the Menie Estate.
Trump's staff are sometimes portrayed as off-hand in their attitudes towards the locals. David and Moira Milne, who bought a former coastguard lookout station on the land and have been renovating it for the past 17 years, and who break down on camera at the thought of leaving their home, are targeted when Donnie, 32, describes their home as "an ugly house", to the amusement of various staff members.
Work on the golf resort started in July. The Trump Organisation claims the complex will generate 50m a year for the local economy and sustain more than 1,200 permanent jobs. As well as two championship golf courses, the development is set to include a 450 room hotel, 950 villas and 500 residential homes.
Without compulsory purchase orders, which would legally force the homeowners off the land, Trump Organisation remains powerless to force the residents to move. However, Aberdeenshire Council have so far refused to rule out the possibility.