Trump threatens to back out of Scottish golf investments

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Donald Trump is threatening to pull significant investments in his two golf courses in Scotland if he is banned from entering the United Kingdom. 

More than 500,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the presidential candidate to be barred from the country following his comments about Muslims. Parliament will debate the petition on Jan. 18 – under British law, any petition with more than 100,000 signatures must be heard – but the final decision will be made by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Trump has plans to invest more than £700m ($1 billion) into projects at Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links.  

In a statement, the Trump Organization said: “Any action to restrict travel would force the Trump Organization to immediately end these and all future investments we are currently contemplating in the United Kingdom. Westminster would create a dangerous precedent and send a terrible message to the world that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment.”