Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon shuts down rumoured visit by Donald Trump on inauguration day

The US President's plans for January 20 are still unclear.
The US President's plans for January 20 are still unclear. Photo credit: Getty.

Where US President Donald Trump will be as Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20 is one of the biggest questions looming over the dying days of his presidency.

But Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister, has shut down speculation he might fly across the pond for a round at one of his Scottish golf courses, saying the Republican is not welcome.

While outgoing Presidents typically attend the inauguration of their successors, Trump continues to claim without merit that he was the victor of the November US election. White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere says Trump will make his plans for January 20 clear eventually. 

A report from The Sunday Post earlier this week suggested Trump may be heading to Scotland, with Prestwick Airport told to expect the arrival of a US military Boeing 757 aircraft which has occasionally been used by the US President, on January 19. US military surveillance aircraft was also reported to be doing reconnaissance over Trump's Turnberry resort in Scotland. 

However, due to the country's COVID-19 restrictions, Trump isn't welcome in Scotland, Sturgeon says. 

"We are not allowing people to come into Scotland. That would apply to him just as it applies to anybody else and coming in to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose."

Scotland on Tuesday imposed a strict new lockdown as the UK battles a dramatic rise in cases as a result of a more transmissible variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. People are ordered to stay at home and cannot travel unless it is absolutely necessary. 

While the White House initially didn't comment on The Sunday Post report, it has since said it is not accurate and the President doesn't have plans to travel to Scotland. 

Having not conceded the election and, instead, repeating baseless claims of widespread electoral fraud not substantiated in any state or by the US Department of Justice, Trump's future plans are unclear. There has been speculation that he might mount a bid for re-election in 2024 or start his own media empire. 

On Thursday (NZT), Trump will host what he is promising to be a "wild" rally in Washington DC. Again, little has been given away about what he might say - or may announce - at the event, but it will come as the US Congress tallies the results of the election. Several Republicans have said they will object to the results.