Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has entered the space race, in a manner of speaking:
The tycoon is backing calls for Prestwick airport in Ayrshire to be chosen as the launchpad for commercial space flights and will offer VIP packages for passengers at his nearby Turnberry golf resort if it is.
In its bid, a consortium will unveil Trump as the exclusive hotel partner for rich space tourists jetting into the region from across the globe. Tailor-made packages will include castle tours, visits to distilleries and island-hopping in the Hebrides.
Prestwick is competing with five other sites in England and Scotland to be named as the United Kingdom’s first spaceport.
It will be interesting to see what happens if Sir Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo ever flies from Prestwick. Trump went on the attack against Branson when the British billionaire’s reality show, “The Rebel Billionaire”, debuted in 2004.
Donald Trump ripped TV rival Richard Branson yesterday, calling the daredevil host of “The Rebel Billionaire” a “lot of hot air – like his balloons.”
“I don’t know the guy, but I think he’s got zero personality and zero television persona,” said Trump. “He doesn’t have the look and whether we like it or not, the look is a big part of ratings and success, and he doesn’t have it – and his show doesn’t have it.”
Branson’s reality show was canceled after one season due to poor ratings.The failure spanned another round of gleeful putdowns by Trump.
“The Rebel Billionaire” debuted 10 months after Trump’s reality show, “The Apprentice,” which is still on the air. Trump’s reality competition has spawned a successful spinoff, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”