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First Minister not invited to meet Trump during visit

Nicola Sturgeon has been a vocal critic of the US President since he took office.

Invite: Nicola Sturgeon was not invited to meet Trump.
Invite: Nicola Sturgeon was not invited to meet Trump. PA

Nicola Sturgeon was not invited to meet Donald Trump during his UK visit, the Scottish secretary has said.

David Mundell was speaking shortly after the President touched down at Prestwick Airport on Friday evening.

The First Minister, who has been a vocal critic of Trump, will instead lead the Pride Glasgow parade on Saturday.

"The arrangements were made by the United States government and I understand they did not invite the First Minister," Mundell told STV News shortly after the President departed Prestwick for Trump Turnberry.

Asked whether the estimated £5m cost of policing the President's visit was value for money, Mundell added: "I think it's very important we give the person in that office the appropriate welcome to Scotland.

"There are security issues and they have to be addressed and that is why we have such a significant number of police around the visit."

Sturgeon recently poked fun at Trump during a talk at a renewable energy conference, referencing his long-running battle against an offshore wind farm a short distance from his Aberdeenshire golf course.

Trump also had a rocky relationship with her predecessor Alex Salmond, who he accused of providing false assurances about the same wind farm.

Ahead of Pride Glasgow, the First Minister said: "I'm proud that Scotland is considered to be one of the most progressive countries in Europe regarding LGBTI equality.

"As a society we must champion equality and fairness at all times and defend the progress that has been made."

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