Trump Says Sean Connery Was 'Quite A Guy,' Claims Actor Helped Him Get Approval For Scotland Golf Course

President Donald Trump has paid tribute to Sean Connery after his death at 90—and claimed the Scottish actor once helped him get approval for a "big development" in Scotland.

The Oscar-winning actor, best known for his portrayal of British spy James Bond, died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas, his son Jason Connery told the BBC. He had been "unwell for some time," the actor's son added.

Tributes poured in after Connery's death was reported on Saturday, including from Daniel Craig, the current James Bond.

But on Sunday morning, Trump took to Twitter to pay his own tribute, where he described Connery as "quite a guy" and a "tough character."

....all I needed, everything went swimmingly from there. He was so highly regarded & respected in Scotland and beyond that years of future turmoil was avoided. Sean was a great actor and an even greater man. Sincere condolences to his family!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2020

He also included a personal anecdote, saying the actor had helped him get planning for a Trump project in Scotland after expressing his support.

"The legendary actor, 007 Sean Connery, has past [sic] on to even greener fairways. He was quite a guy, and a tough character," Trump wrote.

He added: "I was having a very hard time getting approvals for a big development in Scotland when Sean stepped in and shouted, "Let him build the damn thing."

"That was all I needed, everything went swimmingly from there."

Trump didn't specify which development he was talking about, but said Connery's endorsement of the project meant he also avoided "years of future turmoil."

"He was so highly regarded & respected in Scotland and beyond that years of future turmoil was avoided," Trump added. "Sean was a great actor and an even greater man. Sincere condolences to his family!"

The president owns two golf resorts in Scotland—Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, which opened in 2012, and Trump Turnberry in South Ayrshire, which was purchased by The Trump Organization in 2014.

According to a 2012 report in The Sunday Times, Connery, a keen golfer, had issued a "rare" public statement backing plans for the Aberdeenshire resort, prompting the local council to give it the go-ahead.

"Sean decided to intervene and it meant a great deal to me because it was without any prodding on my part," the newspaper quoted Trump saying at the time. "He's a great friend of mine and a great actor and he realized that the golf course would be an asset for Scotland."

According to The Scottish Daily Recordnewspaper, Connery was "given the honor" of becoming the first member of the Trump International Golf Links resort.

The Trump Organization and the White House have been contacted for additional comment.

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President Donald Trump and Sir Sean Connery look on as models walk the runway at the 8th annual "Dressed To Kilt" Charity Fashion Show on April 5, 2010, in New York City. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images