President Donald Trump paid tribute to Sean Connery after his death at the age of 90, claiming that the Scottish actor had once helped him obtain approval for a “major development” in Scotland.
The Oscar-winning actor, best known for his portrayal of British spy James Bond, died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas, his son Jason Connery told the BBC. He had been “unwell for some time,” the actor’s son added.
After Connery’s death, tributes were recorded on Saturday, among others by Daniel Craig, the current James Bond.
But on Sunday morning Trump went to Twitter to pay his own tribute, describing Connery as “quite a guy” and a “tough character.
…. Everything I needed ran smoothly from then on. He was so highly regarded and respected in Scotland and, what’s more, years of future unrest were avoided. Sean was a great actor and an even greater man. My sincere condolences to his family!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2020
He also added a personal anecdote in which he said the actor had helped him plan a Trump project in Scotland after he expressed his support.
“The legendary actor, 007 Sean Connery, walked by on even greener fairways [sic]. He was a great guy and a tough character,” Trump wrote.
He added: “I was having a very hard time getting permits for a major development in Scotland when Sean stepped in and shouted, ‘Let him build the damn thing’.
“That’s all I needed, everything went smoothly from then on.”
Trump didn’t specify what development he was talking about, but said that Connery’s approval of the project meant that he was also avoiding “years of future unrest.
“He was so highly regarded and respected in Scotland and, in addition, years of future unrest were avoided,” Trump added. “Sean was a great actor and an even greater man. My sincere condolences to his family!”
The President owns two golf resorts in Scotland – Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, which opened in 2012, and Trump Turnberry in South Ayrshire, which was purchased by The Trump Organization in 2014.
According to a 2012 Sunday Times report, Connery, an avid golfer, had made a “rare” public statement supporting plans for the Aberdeenshire resort, which prompted the local council to give the green light.
“Sean decided to intervene, and that meant a lot to me because it was done without any impetus from me,” the newspaper quoted Trump at the time. “He is a great friend of mine and a great actor, and he realized that the golf course would be an asset to Scotland.
According to the Scottish Daily Recordnewspaper, Connery was “given the honor” of becoming the first member of Trump International Golf Links Resorts.
The Trump Organization and the White House were contacted for additional comments.