I absolutely agree that he's somewhat tarred by his previous association and pretty sure he rues the day that he was retained by Trump to provide professional advice. In fact I seem to recall him saying that Trump misrepresented the advice he had given at the planning meeting.
I suggest therefore that he was more "unfortunate" in his choice of client rather than being a hypocrite. And in fairness to Dargie, if you recall at the time, Trump was known in this country as being a colourful wealthy American businessman and wasn't at that point the toxic figure (to some) that he has become. It should also be said that other solid reputable firms acted for Trump on his Aberdeen development.
Any reasonable amount of due diligence at the time would've provided Dargie and the Scottish government all they needed to know about Trump and his heavy handed and deceitful practices as a developer.
To say nothing of his garish taste.
I'm neither pro or con Coul Links, but it's a real pity that a (potentially)worthwhile project has been thus far tainted/scuttled due to a project that NEVER should have been done, not only for environmental reasons on a very rare and special site, but especially due to the prior track record and conduct of the developer in question.
A real stain on Scottish golf and government, American development, and golf in general.
I say remediate the Balmedie site back to nature as a good start-then go from there.
I was anti Trump golf(everything about his courses is the antithesis of what I seek when playing) long before he got into reality TV or politics, having played exactly one Trump course in 1999, and have never had a desire to play another.
Nothing in the last 23 years of his golf involvement has done anything except cement that opinion.