America slaps down Sturgeon and tells her to RESPECT the will of the people


The SNP leader told US voters not to vote for Donald Trump ahead of the election despite her party”s once cosy relationship with the presidential hopeful.

Ms Sturgeon”s predecessor Alex Salmond wooed Mr Trump and even overturned a rejected planning application to allow him to build a controversial golf course in Scotland.

But she told ITV viewers this weekend that she would not support the American public should it vote for Mr Trump to enter the Oval office.

She said: “Would I be proud if Donald Trump became president? No. No,” 

“I hope Donald Trump doesn’t become president of the United States and I expect the people of the United States will have the good sense not to elect him.”

However it can be revealed that current Obama administration is steadfast in its desire for Scotland to remain in the UK. 

And that even if Hillary Clinton won the election that she would have a cool relationship with the Scottish administration after the Secretary of State slammed the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber in 2009. 

Two separate briefings arranged after the EU referendum revealed the White House has not changed its mind despite Ms Sturgeon”s claims the result of the EU referendum gives her a mandate for a second independence referendum.

White House press secretary James S. Brady spoke to reporters to outline the US position.

He said: “Well, there are a couple of things that we”ve said before that I think are relevant to the question that you raised. 

“The first is that the United States values the critically important security relationship that we have with the United Kingdom. 

“Obviously the UK is a critically important partner in the NATO alliance. 

“That is the bedrock of our national security in this country. 

“So we obviously believe that that relationship is critically important and, frankly, there’s no reason that that should at all be affected by the decision that British voters made.

“There was a referendum on Scottish independence a year or two ago. 

“We made clear at the time that, again, that was a decision for voters in Scotland to make. 

“But the United States’ view has been and continues to be that a united UK is in the best interest of the United States. 

“It makes them a stronger partner. 

“It makes them more effective in contributing to the NATO alliance that”s the bedrock of our national security.”

While White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz reiterated those comments on board Air Force One in which he said the president”s view hadn”t altered.

He said: “I don”t have any updated position from the President for you on this. I think his comments the last time he addressed this still stand.”

Ms Sturgeon”s relationship with the US Government has been strained ever since former Justice Minister Kenny Macaskill allowed Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi to go free while Alex Salmond was First Minister and Ms Sturgeon was his deputy.

Mrs Clinton was secretary of state at the time and the US government went on record to say it was “disgusted” after Mr al-Megrahi was welcomed back to Libya with open arms.

At the time a White House spokesman said: “The United States deeply regrets the decision by the Scottish Executive to release Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi. 

“Megrahi was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which blew up over Scotland on December 21, 1988. 

“As we have expressed repeatedly to officials of the government of the United Kingdom and to Scottish authorities, we continue to believe that Megrahi should serve out his sentence in Scotland. 

“On this day, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families who live every day with the loss of their loved ones. We recognize the effects of such a loss weigh upon a family forever.”

On 21 August 2009, press secretary Robert Gibbs said the celebrations which saw Scottish flags flying were “disgusting.”

He said: “I think the images that we saw in Libya yesterday were outrageous and disgusting.

“We continue to express our condolences to the families that lost a loved one as a result of this terrorist murder.

“We communicated with the Libyan government, and we continue to watch what they do in the days going forward about this individual, and understand that the video that you saw yesterday is tremendously offensive to the survivors that, as I said, lost a loved one in 1988.”

US Ambassador Matthew Barzun visited Ms Sturgeon in September but the US Embassy has declined to comment on what was discussed though the issue of Trident is believed to be a priority given Ms Sturgeon”s desire to scrap it.

A spokeswoman told “Ambassador Barzun requested the meeting with First Minister Sturgeon, as per standard diplomatic protocol to visit the highest-ranking local official when on official travel. 

“The meeting was off-the-record.”