Monday, 1 Mar 2021

Nicola Sturgeon slates Donald Trump over planned visit to Scotland ‘Not essential’

Nicola Sturgeon says Trump visiting Scotland is 'not essential'

Donald Trump lost the 2020 US Presidential election to Joe Biden but has so far yet to concede defeat. Reports have suggested that President Trump could look to travel to Scotland in order to play golf on one of the courses he owns in the country once Mr Biden is installed in the White House. However, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon stated that people will only be allowed in Scotland for essential purposes.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I have no idea what Donald Trump’s travel plans are, you’ll be glad to know.

“I hope and expect that the travel plan he immediately has is to exit the White House.

“Beyond that, I do not know but we are not allowing people to come into Scotland without an essential purpose right now.

“That would apply to him and anyone else and coming to play golf is not what I would consider that to be an essential purpose.”

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During the same press conference, Scotland’s First Minister admitted her SNP Government has struggled with the coronavirus spikes.

The SNP leader stated that she has “got things wrong” in the handling of the Covid crisis and added it will “undoubtedly” be the case in the future. 

She said: “I’ve never tried to shy away from the fact that Governments have got things wrong and my Government has got things wrong and I have got things wrong and that will undoubtedly be the case.

“I will try very hard not to but we are still in a really difficult complex, challenging situation.

Nicola Sturgeon admits she’s ‘got things wrong’ on coronavirus

“But the position we’re in right now, I don’t think it’s fair to characterise as a failure on the part of the public.

“We were in a very challenging position at the end of last year with a rise in transmission and we had to put restrictions on again.

“But relatively speaking in a UK context and especially in a European context, case levels were lower in Scotland than in many other places.”

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