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We Now Know How Much in UK Financial Relief the Trump Org Received and People Are Crying Foul
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Since even before his 2016 campaign, former President Donald Trump has painted himself as one of the United States' most successful businessmen, but this boast rarely holds up under scrutiny.

Whether it's Trump's numerous failed business ventures, his billion dollars in debt, or his organization's sketchy tax filings, Trump's critics insist he's far from the magnate he portrayed in The Apprentice.

Two of the Trump Organization's most endangered properties are across the pond: Trump Turnberry, in Scotland, and Trump Golf Links International in Aberdeenshire. Trump's failure to hedge his investments on these properties has already resulted in a loss of tens of millions, and neither have turned a profit since they've opened. As President, Trump was accused of funneling taxpayer dollars into his Trump Turnberry—a practice he also exercised domestically through Secret Service stays and a failed attempt to host the G7 at one of his resorts.

So it may come as no surprise that Trump's properties in the United Kingdom were in dire pandemic-induced straits, and subsequently relied on money from the British government to stay afloat.

Newly-released reports found that Trump Turnberry accepted $3 million in pandemic relief from the United Kingdom, while the Aberdeenshire property received 600 thousand.

Trump infamously refused to divest from his businesses ahead of the presidency, passing control of the Trump Organization to his sons instead.

The revelation that the Trump Org took money from the United Kingdom had some claiming Trump violated the Emoluments Clause, which restricts federal government members from accepting foreign gifts.

They accused the former President of grifting.