'Hotelier tests positive for coronavirus': How a local newspaper near Trump's Scottish golf course covered his momentous COVID-19 diagnosis

AP Photo/Scott HeppellDonald Trump, then a presidential candidate, speaks to the media on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, in July 2015.
  • A newspaper near US President Donald Trump’s Scottish golf course had a hilariously understated headline when Trump tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The Ayr Advertiser wrote: “Turnberry hotelier tests positive for coronavirus.”
  • Trump owns the Trump luxury golf resort in Scotland, which he bought in 2014.
  • Trump announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 early on Friday morning, and how he has been hospitalized for treatment and observation.
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The provincial newspaper that reports the goings-on around President Donald Trump’s Scottish golf course reacted to his momentous COVID-19 diagnosis with a hilariously understated headline: “Turnberry hotelier tests positive for coronavirus.”

Trump’s announcement on Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 sent political shockwaves through the US and the rest of the world.

But the Ayr Advertiser, a local weekly covering South Ayrshire region, framed its story around the president’s business dealings in the rural corner of southwest Scotland, rather than the implications for the November US presidential race, or worries about Trump’s health given his age and weight.

It wrote on Twitter: “The owner of the luxurious Ayrshire resort has tested positive for COVID-19.”

You can see its framing here:

Trump owns the Trump luxury golf resort in Scotland.

Trump turnberryScott Heppell/APDonald Trump at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland in December 2015.

Trump bought the Turnberry report in 2014.

It’s one of his three golf resorts in Europe: Two in Scotland and one in Ireland.

As part of a bombshell report into Trump’s tax returns, The New York Times reported earlier this week that the three golf courses have combined losses of $US63.6 million.

Turnberry has received frequent media coverage after military personnel were discovered to have stayed at the resort during international flights, leading to a House Oversight Committee investigation.

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