Aberdeen stu­dent

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News - BY JON HEBDITCH

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”

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