Nicola Sturgeon warns Donald Trump not to come to Scotland to play GOLF during its lockdown instead of attending Joe Biden’s inauguration as US president because it would break lockdown
- Prestwick Airport has reportedly been told to expect his plane on January 19
- Glasgow hub is just 30 miles from Mr Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in Ayreshire
- Mr Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president is due to take place on January 20
Donald Trump was warned today he would not be allowed into Scotland if he tried to visit to play gold instead of attending Joe Biden’s inauguration.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned the soon to be ex-president that any trip across the Atlantic would breach coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Reports suggest that Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport, 30 miles from Mr Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in Ayreshire, has been warned to expect a plane he uses on January 19.
Mr Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president is due to take place in Washington the following day.
Ms Sturgeon put Scotland into a lockdown last night, barring all but essential domestic and international travel in and out of the country, as Covid cases rise across the UK.
Asked about a potential trip by the controversial politician, at her daily Covid briefing today, Ms Sturgeon stressed it is illegal to travel in or out of Scotland without a valid reason and said: ‘Coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose.’
Reports suggest that Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport, 30 miles from Mr Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in Ayreshire (pictured playing at the course in 2018), has been warned to expect a plane he uses on January 19
Ms Sturgeon stressed it is illegal to travel in or out of Scotland without a valid reason and said: ‘Coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose.’
Last night Mr Trump boasted at a rally in Georgia that he was the 2020 victor, despite losing by 74 electoral college votes and by seven million popular votes
The White House has repeatedly refused to say what the outgoing president will do when Mr Biden is inaugurated on January 20, prompting speculation about whether Mr Trump will attend the ceremony.
Judd Deere, the deputy White House press secretary, told Fox News in a statement: ‘Anonymous sources who claim to know what the president is or is not considering have no idea.
‘When President Trump has an announcement about his plans for January 20, he will let you know.’
But Prestwick Airport has been told to expect the arrival of a US military Boeing 757 aircraft previously used by Mr Trump on January 19, according to the Sunday Post.
Asked about speculation that Mr Trump could travel to Scotland in order to avoid the inauguration, 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 – as everybody expects, not everybody necessarily will hope – that the travel plan immediately that he has is to exit the White House.
‘But beyond that I don’t know.
‘We are not allowing people to come in to Scotland without an essential purpose right now and that would apply to him, just as it applies to anybody else.’
On Monday night, Mr Trump declared he would ‘fight like hell’ to hold on to the presidency and appealed to Republican politicians to reverse his election loss when they convene this week to confirm the Electoral College vote.
Mr Biden won the presidency with 306 electoral votes to Mr Trump’s 232.
He received 81,283,485 votes versus the incumbent’s 74,223,744, a margin of more than seven million in the popular vote.
Last night Mr Trump boasted at a rally in Georgia that he was the 2020 victor.
‘Hello Georgia. By the way there’s no way we lost Georgia. That was a rigged election. But we’re still fighting it. And you’ll see what’s going to happen. We’ll talk about it,’ he said.
At another point in the rally Trump blasted Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp for refusing to do more to overturn the presidential election results, saying: ‘I’m going to be here in a year and a half and I’m going to be campaigning against your governor and your crazy secretary of state, I guarantee you.’
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