EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 18: Alex Salmond MP joins Joanna Cherry, the SNP candidate for Edinburgh South West, on the campaign trail in Broomhouse on May 18, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Britain goes to the polls on June 8 to elect a new parliament in a general election. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond called U.S. Donald Trump a “nincompoop” for saying that Scottish independence would be “terrible,” the Scotsman reported Wednesday.
In the transcript of a Wall Street Journal interview with the American president obtained by POLITICO, Trump said: “Is Scotland going to go for the vote, by the way? You don’t see it. It would be terrible. They just went through hell.”
Much of Trump’s concerns about Scottish independence seemed to stem from golf.
“One little thing, what would they do with the British Open if they ever got out?” Trump asked. “They’d no longer have the British Open. Scotland. Keep it in Scotland.”
Salmond, who led the campaign ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 — and resigned after voters opted to remain part of the U.K. — responded by saying Trump was “a complete and utter nincompoop.”
“Donald Trump’s opposition to independence should seal the deal for the …