Look who’s coming to dinner: Trump dines with Rupert Murdoch and wife Jerry Hall at posh Scottish golf course – but the meal’s on the house because The Donald owns the place!
- Murdoch and Hall came to golf course in northeast Scotland on Saturday
- The Republican presidential candidate had just finished walking around the course, pointing out expansive sea views and talking politics with reporters
- Murdoch only warmed to his White House ambitions three months ago
- The Australian media mogul’s family is originally from the same region of Scotland where Trump opened his International Golf Links in 2012
Donald Trump welcomed Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall for dinner at his luxurious golf course in northeast Scotland on Saturday, the final event of a two-day tour of his properties there.
Murdoch, 80, arrived at around 5:15 with wife Jerry Hall, 59, a former model who was previously married to Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger.
The pair rode up the road to the clubhouse in an SUV with Trump himself.
The MacLeod House, a restored 15th Century mansion on the grounds of the Trump International Golf Links Scotland, was the site of the meal.
After a visit to the clubhouse, the trio rode to the MacLeod house in a golf cart with Trump driving and Murdoch and Hall sitting in the back seat, facing backward. Hall moved to the front seat minutes later, leaving her husband alone in the back.
Table for three? Donald Trump (center) welcomed Media mogul Rupert Murdoch (left) and his wife Jerry Hall (right) for dinner at his International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on Saturday
The house that Trump (re)built: MacLeod House, where Trump’s dinner party took place, is a restored 15th Century mansion that can accommodate up to 36 guests
Backseat driver: Jerry Hall originally sat in back with her hubby but ultimately sat next to Trump for the short ride to the dinner site
A spokeswoman for the golf course said Trump typically orders the king prawn cocktail and a steak when he visits, both of which were options on Saturday’s menu.
The Trump campaign would not confirm how large the dining party was, but the golf course spokeswoman said she expected that ‘Mr. Trump’s family and others’ would likely be included.
The main ‘other’ on the two-day trip to Scotland is Steven Mnuchin, the Trump campaign’s finance chairman.
That he would spend two days overseas instead of organizing fundraisers and shaking the trees for campaign funds drew raised eyebrows among reporters following Trump from hole to hole as he pointed out the expansive sea views.
Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corporation – the parent company of the Fox news Channel – was worth $12.7 billion as of 2015.
Hillary’s going down: Trump and Murdoch yukked it up before getting into a golf cart
Whirlwind romance: Hall married Murdoch in March, three months after they announced their engagement
How the other half lives: The MacLeod House comes with catered meals and the option of whisky tastings and clay pigeon shoots
He was initially cool to Trump’s candidacy during the Republican primary, but began singing his praises in March.
‘If he becomes inevitable’ as the nominee, Murdoch tweeted on March 2, the GOP ‘would be mad not to unify’ behind him.
Wealthy travelers in Aberdeenshire can rent out the entire MacLeod House manse, which the property managers describe as ‘Donald J. Trump’s Scottish residence,’ for fees that start at £8,950 for a two-night package.
That amount covers meals and accommodations for up to 36 people, along with a single round of golf for everyone.
For an extra charge, guests can indulge in ‘whisky tastings, clay pigeon shooting, castle tours and mountain walks,’ according to the spokeswoman.
Late adopter: Murdoch jumped aboard the Trump train in March, warning the Republican Party not to turn on him if he became the ‘inevitable’ presidential nominee
Golfing haven: Trump’s International Golf Links course clubhouse is pictured behind the 18th hole, north of Aberdeen on the east coast of Scotland
Trump made sure reporters following him as he inspected the golf course knew that Murdoch would be his guest.
‘I have Rupert Murdoch coming for dinner tonight,’ he told DailyMail.com – and then shouted to his press secretary Hope Hicks.
‘Did you mention that, Hope? Spread it!’ he yelled.
Murdoch’s family roots are in Scotland’s northeast. His grandfather emigrated from near the Aberdenshire golf course, later moving to Australia.
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