Font Size

- Aa +

Thu 18 Jun 2015 10:28 AM

Font Size

- Aa +

Neil Young hits out at Trump over presidential campaign launch

Canadian rocker says Trump, who is developing golf courses in Dubai, did not have the right to use his song during his presidential candidacy announcement on Tuesday

Neil Young hits out at Trump over presidential campaign launch
Canadian rock singer Neil Young (Getty Images)

Canadian rock singer Neil Young has lashed out at real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump for using his song "Rockin' In The Free World" when the Republican launched a US presidential campaign in New York on Tuesday.

Trump is building two golf courses and a residential estate in Dubai with developers Damac Properties, but it has not yet been made clear what impact there may be on his UAE investments if he was to be elected president.

The outspoken businessman made numerous references to the Middle East, and particularly ISIL, during his long speech, including warning that Saudi Arabia would be “nothing” without the US and that he would beat ISIL.

“Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East…Mark my words. Nobody would be tougher on ISIL than Donald Trump. Nobody,” he said in his vastly controversial speech.

But on top of facing slack for some of his comments, which also included criticism of migrants and President Barrack Obama, Trump is in hot water with one of the world’s most loved rockers.

"Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' In The Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement," Young, who has long lived on a ranch in California, said in a statement.

Young also indicated he did not support Trump to be president – his support is with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent and one of the most outspoken liberals in Congress who is running for the Democrat pre-selection.

A Trump campaign spokeswoman said in a statement that the billionaire's team paid for the legal right to play the recording during the launch of his campaign, under a license agreement with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

"Nevertheless, we won't be using it again - there are plenty of songs to choose from," the statement said. "Despite Neil's differing political views, Mr. Trump likes Neil very much."

BiiggRiigg2013 4 years ago

Donald Trump must resign from Trump Inc, before becoming President of the USA. Also, Mr. Trump must not have any involvement with any of his other business trades, while as President. Other words: Can Donald Trump give up all his wealth for the next 4yrs?

john 4 years ago

Donald Trump is not building in Dubai, he simply sold the rights to his name to Damac, and earns a % on each property sold