Aformer AberdeenUniversity student is tipped to become Donald Trump’s ambassador to the EU.
Theodore RooseveltMalloch, known as Ted, is reportedly president Trump’s preferred choice for the high-powered role.
ProfessorMalloch fondly remembered his student days in the Granite City and said he is proud to wear a kilt to show his heritage. Born to an influential Philadelphia family, the 64year-old moved to Scotland to tackle an MLitt at Aberdeen University in 1975.
He has since had two sons who followed in his footsteps and attended the ancient universityandhave remained in the city to work in oil and gas. Following Mr Trump’s election win, the Henley Business School academic and author of numerous articles was first tipped for the role early this month. But his possible appointment has proved controversial among European leaders ashepreviously saidhehad held a diplomatic post where he helped bring down the Soviet Union.
He also hinted he felt the EU needs a “little taming”.
ProfMalloch said he had a strong love of Scotland and Aberdeen, having lived as a student in one of the city’s exclusive streets.
“My grandfather was born in Perthshire so I have a strong Scottish connection. I have always been enchanted by all things Scottish. I could have gone to any of the four ancient universities but Aberdeen was my choice because it had a more suitable programme.
“I have fond memories of the place I lived, at 27 Rubislaw Den North, which I think was originally the Earl Marischal’s house.
“There were 17 of us altogether there and I was the only American so I got my first chance as a diplomat at an early age. I have been back often.”
He was “hopeful” Mr Trump would select him as the ambassador to the EU but it was “in the president’s hands”.
His possible appointment has sparked anger
“I have always been enchanted by all things Scottish”