Donald Trump told not to come to Scotland to play golf instead of attending Joe Biden’s inauguration
Donald Trump opening the golf course in 2016 (Image: Getty Images)
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Donald Trump has been warned not to travel to play golf in Scotland instead of attending Joe Biden ’s inauguration.
The US President today confirmed he won’t be attending his successor’s swearing in ceremony on 20 January.
And earlier this week it was reported that Prestwick Airport, near Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire, had been told to expect the arrival of a US military Boeing 747 on January 19 – Trump’s last day in office.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned the President to stay away, saying: ”We are not allowing people to come into Scotland without an essential purpose right now, and that would apply to him just as it applies to anybody."
She added: "Coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose."
And asked today if the President should try to travel to the UK to play golf, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps urged the President to think again.
He returned for a visit during his trip to the UK in 2018
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He told Times Radio: “For one thing, he'll require a coronavirus test seventy-two hours before and presumably he'd have to quarantine as well I'm afraid.
“So he may not end up being able to play golf quite as quickly as he'd hoped.”
President Trump announced he wouldn’t attend President-elect Biden’s inauguration ceremony last night on Twitter.
He wrote: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
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This will make him the first US President since to refuse to attend his successor’s inauguration since 1869 – and only the fourth ever after John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Johnson.
The only other presidents who have not attended their successor’s swearing in have either been dead or resigned in disgrace.