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Scots outraged over Donald Trump’s Irn-Bru ban

US President has ‘declared war’ on Scotland by prohibiting the popular soft drink at his golf course

Donald Trump has risked the fury of the Scottish people by banning Irn-Bru from his luxury golf resort in Ayrshire.

Visitors to his Turnberry resort, which he accquired in 2014, are now unable to purchase the soft drink due to fears its bright orange colouring could stain the carpets, the London Evening Standard reports.

“The ban came to light after guests asked for Irn-Bru to be supplied at an event at the resort, which has recently received a £200m upgrade,” the site adds.

Since its introduction in 1901, the drink has been a firm favourite in Scotland. According to The Scotsman, around 20 cans of Irn-Bru are sold every second there. As a result, Scotland is one of only four countries in the world where Coca-Cola isn’t the best selling soft drink.

Turnberry’s general manager, Ralph Porciani, told the Ayrshire Post: “We can’t have it staining [the carpets] when to replace the ballroom carpet would be £500,000 alone.

“We have villas here with Irn-Bru stains in the carpets which I can’t let.”

The decision to ban the drink has sparked strong reactions on Twitter. Some users have suggested that Trump has “declared war” on Scotland. 

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