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Trump’s ‘inauguration day golf plans’ for Scotland scotched by Scottish leader

Scotland's travel ban applies to everyone, including presidents.

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President Donald Trump will not be allowed to play golf at his course in Scotland while president-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on Jan 20.

There have been rumours of Trump packing his clubs for a few rounds at his Turnberry links golf resort on the Firth of Clyde in Ayrshire, southwest Scotland.

However, those plans were quickly scotched by Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who said that the nation’s Covid-19 travel restrictions would not be lifted for him.

Scotland imposed a strict lockdown on Tuesday that closed non-essential businesses and urges everyone to stay home to halt the rising coronavirus numbers.

Speaking to reporters, Sturgeon said Scottish travel bans pertain to everyone, including presidents.

“We’re not allowing people to come into Scotland without an essential purpose right now,” Sturgeon explained. “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.”

Responding to a Sunday Post claim that Prestwick Airport was expecting on Jan 19 a US military Boeing 757 that has previously transported the president, Scottish officials said Trump would not be welcomed to start his life as an ex-president at his Turnberry resort.

They said this is due to Covid-19 restrictions rather than politics, according to The Independent.

It’s unclear where Trump, who insists he won the November election despite facts that state otherwise, will be during Biden’s inauguration.

Sturgeon says she has no insight into Trump’s travel plans.

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