Nicola Sturgeon Warns Donald Trump Not To Travel To Scotland To Avoid Biden Inauguration
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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that outgoing US President Donald Trump won't be allowed to travel to Scotland in order to escape President Elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony later this month.
Since Biden's election victory, Trump has tirelessly argued - with no real justification or evidence - that the election was fraudulent and 'stolen' from him.
So, the speculation that he wouldn't attend his successor's inauguration has increased, as well as suggestions that he might refuse to leave the White House altogether.
However, if he's planning on making a run for one of his golf courses around the world, he'll have to think again if he reckons he's heading to Scotland.
Currently, all but essential travel into the country is banned due to the rising number of coronavirus cases.
Scotland is also currently in a total lockdown, with members of the public prohibited from leaving their home for all but a few reasons.
First Minister Sturgeon said: "Coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose."
The speculation started when an anonymous source from Glasgow Prestwick Airport claimed that a US military version of a Boeing 757, an aircraft often used by American political figures, was scheduled to arrive on January 19, just one day before Biden's big day.
Trump owns the Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire as well as the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire.
In Tuesday's coronavirus daily briefing, Sturgeon added that she 'has no idea what Donald Trump's travel plans are' but that he would be best served simply leaving the White House to one of his other properties.
"We are not allowing people to come into Scotland, without any central purpose right now, and that would apply to him just as it applies to anybody else", she said.
The speculation has also been rubbished by the White House. Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere told Fox News: "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."
He could well bypass all of the usual channels used by world leaders and simply tweet it out all in capitals whenever he feels like it, too.
Either way, Trump has vowed to 'fight like hell' to retain his place in the White House, regardless of his resounding election defeat.
He tweeted: "They're not taking this White House, we're gonna fight like hell."
In reference to a Congress session presided over by Vice President Mike Pence, which is expected to confirm Biden's electoral college win tomorrow, Trump added: "I hope our great vice-president comes through for us.
"He's a great guy. Of course if he doesn't come through I won't like him quite as much."