Nicola Sturgeon has called on Americans to re-elect Donald Trump as US President.
The First Minister made the remarks while on her tour of the country as the former Republican president weighs up whether to run again for the top office.
Trump who was soundly beaten by Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election has hinted a number of times that he could run again in 2024.
During a question and answer session at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC yesterday the SNP leader was asked about what the US could to better assist European energy security.
She replied: “Don’t re-elect Trump at any point.”
Sturgeon was at the institution giving a speech at a ‘Scotland and the future of European energy security’ event.
Asked about climate change the FM heaped praise on Biden for his attitude to the crisis at the COP26 conference in Glasgow last year.
She added: “It was visible and tangible, the difference that constructive American leadership made in getting the outcome that we achieved in Glasgow.
“It wasn’t everything everybody wanted to see, but it was positive, and the US government, John Kerry in particular, played a vital role in that.
“So continue to be that leader in these global conversations that we really need the United States to be would be my first plea.
“And then, you know, be part of the discussions as the United States says, about how we make these transitions.
“I think there is a lot to learn in both directions from how we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past and other economic upheavals and transitions.
“So there’s lots we can learn from each other, but keeping the United States in that position of constructive leadership, I think, is one of the key things that I would certainly like to see.”
Earlier in the day Sturgeon said it was “essential” that Scotland becomes a member of NATO if it gains independence.
Her comments came as Green Minister Patrick Harvie said there was “no appetite” among his party’s members to reverse their opposition to joining the defense alliance.
Sturgeon said: “The Scottish Government is acutely aware of Scotland’s strategic position on the northern edge of Europe, close to the Arctic.
“Russian military aircraft regularly approach the UK’s area of interest and in recent years there has been an increase of Russian submarine patrols within the north Atlantic.
“So we are clearer than ever that membership of NATO would not only be vital to Scotland’s security, it would also be the principle way in which an independent Scotland in an interdependent world would contribute to the collective security of our neighbors and allies.”
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