Donald Trump’s former bodyguard said the job ruined his life, adding the former US President still owes him over $130 for McDonald’s cheeseburgers.
Kevin McKay, 50, worked for Trump in Scotland for five years and was fired in 2012.
Kevin says that the 45th US President forgot to pay the $130 he lent to him for McDonald’s fast food.
“He still owes me money for McDonald’s,” Kevin recalls. “He told me he would pay me back, but he never did.”
“For much of the time I was working for him, I kept thinking he would say, ‘Kevin, here’s that money I owe you,’’ but it didn’t happen,” he said. “I thought he was an okay guy when I first started working for him but I guess that as we have all come to see, he is not a man of his word.”
Speaking to Daily Mail, Kevin said that he bought fast food for Trump in 2008 when he was about to go to Aberdeen airport in northeast Scotland after visiting his beloved golf course.
“We were driving from Mr Trump’s estate and just as we got to the Bridge of Don, he asked to stop at McDonald’s so he could buy food for the flight back to New York,” the former bodyguard said.
“We were in a convoy of six blacked-out Range Rovers with about 15 men in suits inside, so there must have been some shocked expressions as we pulled up in the carpark.”
“Mr Trump didn’t have any UK currency, pounds, so he asked me if I could front him the cash,” even said. “I said, ”Sure” and took everyone’s order – about 20 cheeseburgers and fries with around 10 or 15 Coca Colas.”
“I think Mr Trump ordered two cheeseburgers with fries and a diet coke – that was his usual order and he always wanted McDonald’s to take with him on the private jet,” Kevin said. “It cost me about £95 in total and Mr Trump told me, ‘’You’ll get it back.’”
“It was a decent amount of money for me because I was earning about £2000 ($2700) a month working for Mr Trump,” Kevin explained. “I never heard about it again after that. I should have asked him for the money but I brushed it under the carpet at the time.”
Kevin recalls that Trump was asked to run for the White House back in 2012 but he ‘turned it down.’ In that same year, he was called into the office of Trump International’s Executive Vice President Sarah Malone and fired without reason.
After two years, Kevin was imprisoned for four years for a $556,000 tax fraud in 2014. The former bodyguard was behind bars when Trump became President in 2017.
Kevin blames the job for marriage divorce in 2011 and the injustice that sent him to prison for not paying value-added taxes or VAT.
“My divorce was finalized in February 2014 and it was the stress of that job and everything that contributed to my marriage ending after 23 years,” Kevin said. “HMRC (The UK’s IRS equivalent) came knocking on my door in May 2014 and questioned me on these VAT returns. From day one I told them I was innocent, it was not me.”
“I wanted a handwriting expert to look at the signature on the VAT return because it wasn’t mine,” he said. “I was on bail for three years because the case kept getting deferred.”
‘The Crown later admitted the original VAT documents had been destroyed so it was impossible to get the signature verified,” Kevin said. “My wife became the Crown’s witness against me and got off scot-free, she also changed her story about whose signature was on the documents.”
‘The destruction of the documents meant I couldn’t prove my innocence and I was convicted of knowingly filing false VAT returns,” Kevin said. “It was a miscarriage of justice.”
“Now when I look back I wish I had never taken that job,” the former bodyguard said. “I feel like the courts used me to prove a point – that they did not like Donald Trump, I wasted four years of my life for nothing.”
“Now I am working as a delivery driver when I used to be looking after some of the most important people in the world.”