Donald Trump has accused Nicola Sturgeon of failing to appreciate his greatness, after the Scottish government dropped the US presidential candidate as a business ambassador on the grounds that he is a bigot.
The mogul on Thursday hit back at his mother's homeland after Ms Sturgeon, first minister, stripped Mr Trump of his "GlobalScot" ambassador status and Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University revoked an honorary degree.
"The UK politicians should be thanking me instead of pandering to political correctness", Mr Trump said, adding: "I have done so much for Scotland."
Mr Trump this week called for Muslims to be banned from entering the US, provoking global outrage — a UK petition calling for him to be banned from the country had more than 440,000 signatures by Thursday afternoon. That made it the most popular campaign ever on the government's website.
Writing in the Press & Journal newspaper, Mr Trump cited his Scottish golf interests: the Trump International Golf Links course near Aberdeen and his £200m investment in the Trump Turnberry resort on the Ayrshire coast.
The billionaire's investment in Aberdeenshire has so far been much less substantial than originally billed. He has repeatedly declined to say when he might start construction of a planned second course, hotel expansion and more than 2,000 holiday and residential homes.
But after suggesting he would not invest any more in Scotland, Mr Trump in 2014 bought the historic Turnberry golf course and has already given its clubhouse an expensive refurbishment.
"If they — Nicola Sturgeon and RGU — were going to do this, they should have informed me before my major investment in this £200m development, which will totally revitalise that vast region of Scotland", he said.