Donald Trump’s representatives have warned that 'malicious and inaccurate' political attacks are threatening the US property developer’s plans for a £1bn golf resort in Aberdeenshire. Financial Times

The Trump Organisation was reacting to Liberal Democrat calls for an independent inquiry after the Scottish government decided to call in the controversial scheme, meaning ministers will make the final decision.

The organisation said it was 'dismayed' at the attacks and urged that the row be resolved before it caused permanent damage.

Nicol Stephen, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, yesterday called for an inquiry, claiming Alex Salmond, the first minister, had failed to explain why representatives of the Trump Organisation were present at the start of a phone call between the Scottish government’s chief planner and Aberdeenshire council on the day the government called in Mr Trump’s application.

Opposition politicians have also criticised Mr Salmond for meeting Trump’s representatives at a luxury hotel in Aberdeen the day before the Holyrood government announced ministers would have the final say on the scheme. The situation 'smells of sleaze', Stephen has said.