A distant Scottish cousin of Donald Trump has accused the president of being a pancake thief, having stolen a handful of flat cakes while on vacation at his late mother’s former home in Scotland.
“I don’t like the man at all,” said Alice Mackay, who is related to Trump through his mother’s family, the McLeods.
“He had lovely parents, I don’t know what went wrong with him,” the 79-year-old said of the late Fred and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump. (Trump’s mother emigrated to the U.S. from Scotland in 1930 before marrying his father in 1936.)
Mackay told Scottish newspaper The National: “My mum and dad were second cousins. Every time they were over here they came to ours for dinner.”
“She never forgot her roots and actually wanted to be buried here, but I think it was too much of an expense at the time and I don’t think her husband wanted it,” Mackay said of Trump’s mother.
Mackay said her younger cousin almost never came to his mom’s homeland before buying a golf course in Turnberry, Scotland in 2014.
Mackay recalled one morning when Trump stuffed his pockets with pancakes.
“He [Donald Trump] was here one morning I was busy making pancakes and he had forgotten my husband had died,” she said. “He put a few pancakes in [his] pocket and never said ‘cheerio’ or anything.”
Trump visited his mother’s former home in the village of Tong in the northeast of the Isle of Lewis in 2008. According to The National, the president has only visited once, and spent just 97 seconds in the home where his mother was raised alongside nine siblings.
During his visit, Trump said he had been “very busy—I am building jobs all over the world—and it’s very, very tough to find the time to come back. But this just seemed an appropriate time, because I have the plane… I’m very glad I did, and I will be back again.”