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Sturgeon says Trump will be breaking Covid law if he tries flying to Scotland after leaving White House

Nicola Sturgeon has warned Donald Trump against flying to Scotland to play golf to avoid Joe Biden’s inauguration as US president later this month, since that would breach Scottish lockdown laws.

The first minister was responding to a report that Prestwick airport, which is close to Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire, has been told to expect a US military Boeing 757 used by Trump in the past on 19 January – the day before Biden’s inauguration ceremony in Washington DC.

At her news conference Sturgeon said she had no knowledge of Trump’s travel plans, adding that the only thing she expected was that he would vacate the White House as required before 20 January, in good time for Biden’s arrival.

But she added that Scotland’s strict Covid lockdown laws, which came into effect at midnight last night and are in force for the rest of January, and perhaps beyond, made it illegal to travel into Scotland for non-essential reasons. She said:

We’re not allowing people to come to Scotland without an essential purpose and that would apply to him just as it would apply to anybody else and coming to play golf isn’t what I would consider to be an essential purpose.

Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish parliament yesterday.

Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish parliament yesterday. Photograph: WPA/Getty Images

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