By Josh K. Elliott Global News
Posted January 5, 2021
News: Scotland first minister warns Trump: Coming to play golf isn’t ‘essential’ travel
U.S. President Donald Trump spent nearly one-quarter of his presidency at a golf course by most counts, but he won’t be teeing off in Scotland when his presidency ends on Jan. 20.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shot down reports on Tuesday that Trump might flee to his Scotland golf club during Joe Biden‘s inauguration later this month, saying that he will not get special treatment under the country’s coronavirus rules.
“I have no idea what Donald Trump’s travel plans are,” Sturgeon told a gathering of reporters after she was asked about allowing him to visit one of his luxury golf clubs.
“I hope and expect … that the travel plan immediately that he has is to exit the White House,” Sturgeon said, in a nod to Trump’s ongoing struggle with the reality of his election loss.
Sturgeon imposed a strict lockdown on Scotland beginning at midnight on Tuesday, when everyone will be required to stay at home except for essential purposes due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
“We’re not allowing people to come into Scotland without an essential purpose right now,” Sturgeon said Tuesday in response to the question about Trump.
“That would apply to him just as it applies to everybody else, and coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose.”
Trump has not announced his plans for the day of Jan. 20, when he will no longer be president. His public comments have largely been focused on trying to overturn the election he lost by 74 votes in the Electoral College, and by more than 7 million in the popular vote.