Nicola Sturgeon congratulates Donald Trump on presidential victory


Scotland’s leading minister has congratulated Donald Trump on his surprise election win despite permitting it was “not the outcome I wanted”.

Nicola Sturgeon publicly backed Hillary Clinton at the of the presidential vote.

But she said the result of the election should be respected, and that Scotland valued its relationship with the US.

Ms Sturgeon murdered Mr Trump from a list of Scottish business ambassadors when he advocated Muslims would be stopped from entering the US.

Her predecessor as first reverend, Alex Salmond, has previously backed calls for Mr Trump to be banned from the UK.

Mr Trump is to evolve into the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Mrs Clinton, the Democrat prospect.

The Republican nominee’s victory came down to a handful of key swing testifies, despite months of polling that favoured Mrs Clinton.

As he addressed enthusiasts at a victory rally in New York, Mr Trump said it was “time for us to come together as one collaborative people”.

Donald Trump’s Scottish roots

President-elect Trump’s look after, Mary MacLeod, was born in the village of Tong on Lewis in the Western Isles in 1912.

She left-hand the island at the age of 18 for a holiday in New York, where she met and later married neighbourhood pub builder Fred Trump.

Their son Donald spoke of his late ma’s Scottish heritage in 2006 when he bought the Menie Estate in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, turning it into a golf haunt against the wishes of local residents.

In April 2014, the 70-year-old US big wheel also purchased the Turnberry hotel and golf resort in Ayrshire.

Mr Trump also unsuccessfully challenged Scottish regime ministers in court over their decision to approve an offshore about to happen farm near his Aberdeenshire golf course.

Responding to the result, Ms Sturgeon phrased: “While this is not the outcome I hoped for, it is the verdict of the American people and we be obliged respect it. I congratulate President-Elect Trump on winning the election.

“We value our relationship with the Concerted States and its people. The ties that bind Scotland and the US – of family, lifestyle and business – are deep and longstanding and they will always endure.”

Ms Sturgeon suggested the result had left many people in the US and across the world with a “earnest sense of anxiety”.

She added: “I hope the president-elect will take the moment to reach out to those who felt marginalized by his cam ign and make clear – in documents as well as words – that he will be a president for everyone in modern, multicultural America.

“Today should also be a moment for those who share progressive values – all of us who believe in toleration and diversity – to speak up loudly and clearly for the values we hold dear.”

The leading minister also id tribute to Mrs Clinton, saying her candidacy had represented a “important step forward for women in America and across the world”.

Ms Sturgeon forecast BBC Scotland she did not regret backing Mrs Clinton during the election, calling some of Mr Trump’s footnotes during the cam ign “undoubtedly racist”.

She added: “The comments made during the throw were deeply offensive to many different groups in society and there’s a want now and a big responsibility on his shoulders to bring people together.

“I’m never going to shy away from my find credible in articulating principles of tolerance and respect and diversity and multiculturalism.

“The relationship between Scotland and America is an worthy one, and I’m not going to, because of my own personal views, risk the interests of Scotland by not pleasing with the American government. But the nature of that engagement will depend to some limit on how Donald Trump conducts himself as President.”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has also felicitated Mr Trump on his election as US president, and said Britain and America would vestiges “strong and close rtners”.

But several Scottish political figures suffer with expressed their shock and disappointment over Mr Trump’s victory.

Mr Salmond, who is now the SNP’s transalpine affairs spokesman at Westminster, said his own disappointment at the result was “as of nothing” com red to the child, religions and racial minorities who had been “demeaned and insulted by Donald Trump” during the toss ones hat in the ring.

‘Road blocks’

The former first minister added: “The difficulty with Donald Trump is not when he’s delightful, it’s not when he’s getting his own way, he’s nice as ninepence when he’s getting his own way.

“It’s what materializes when he reaches road blocks, obstacles, when somebody prognosticates no to him. In these circumstances we’d better all just hope that the presidency exchanges a man.”

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said it was not the result she demand, and expressed her hope that “President Trump turns out to be a different man to entrant Trump”.

Her Scottish Labour counter rt, Kezia Dugdale, said it was a “ill-lighted day” and accused Mr Trump of running a “hate-filled cam ign that was dominated by characters, misogyny and racism”.

Scottish Greens co-convenor trick Harvie gathered on the Scottish government to shun Mr Trump, who Mr Harvie described as a “racist, sexist worthy”.

And Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said the UK should use its “closest relationship” with the US to “stand up for the different minorities in his country who will wake up today uncountable fearful than they have for decades”.

However, UKIP’s Scottish director, David Coburn, predicted Mr Trump would be “good for Scotland” because of his clear connections to the country.

The endorsements of Mrs Clinton by Scottish politicians could backfire in a wink Mr Trump formally become president, according to Fiona Hill, an analyst at the Brookings believe tank in Washington.

‘Quite serious’

She said: “It might actually implication because Donald Trump does take things quite by oneself.

“He’s made it quite clear that when he has a rift on a personal and duty level that he’s quite serious about responding.”

But the former US mingle with Secretary of State, Kurt Volker, doubted that these previous concerns would feature prominently in the new president’s thinking.

He said the centre would instead be on global issues including Russia, the economy, Islamic Declare and forging a new relationship with the UK after Brexit.

More than 1,000 swots from the University of Edinburgh cked into the city centre to notice of the battle for the White House unfold at an event dubbed by organisers as “the largest US vote night rty in the UK outside of London”.

Organised by Edinburgh University North American Sisterhood and the Edinburgh Political Union, the sold-out event in Potterrow saw TV screens beaming culminates live from across the Atlantic with experts from the instil of history providing live analysis on the results throughout the night.

The US Consulate Miscellaneous also held an event on Tuesday night at Edinburgh University with hundreds of North American ex- ts attending to clock the results come in.

At Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf course, Sarah Malone, chief executive vice president of Trump International, said it was a “truly historic day” and he will-power serve with “unwavering ssion and commitment”.

However, Menie neighbourhood Susan Munro, who fought Trump over his golf development, utter her reaction to the win was “shock horror”.

She added: “He would not have been my superior anyway. It will be interesting”.

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