Nicola Sturgeon compared to Donald Trump as SNP leader trying to ‘dominate everything’

The South Scotland MSP, who has recently joined the Reform UK party, said Scotland has “similar issues” to the ones in the US. ITV’s Peter Macmahon asked Michelle Ballantyne: “The leader of your new party of Nigel Farage. He said of Donald Trump ‘he is the single most brave person I have ever met in my life. Do you agree with him?”

Speaking to ITV’s Representing Border, Ms Ballantyne said: “I think Nigel was making a statement at the time about what he thought about President Trump’s actions.

“If you look at what he’s saying about what happened in Capitol hill, Nigel no more supports that then any of us do.

“He thinks it’s terrible. It’s just very easy to get bogged down in other people’s arguments.

“My concern is what’s happening in Scotland and what needs doing in Scotland.

“We have a similar issue here.

“We have one party, one person, who’s trying to dominate everything and trying to make decisions about what happens to Scotland in the future.

“I could argue that we’ve got exactly the same problem here and we need to be careful.”

It comes as Donald Trump will not be visiting Scotland ahead of inauguration day, the PA news agency understands.

There had been speculation that the US president would visit his Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire ahead of Joe Biden taking office at the White House next Wednesday.

But PA now understands Mr Trump will not be in Scotland.

As part of the tradition, the outgoing president and president-elect usually travel together to the ceremony at the Capitol from the White House.

But Mr Trump, who was overwhelmingly defeated in November’s US election, has previously said he will not attend the January 20 ceremony for his successor.

The 74-year-old was reportedly considering travelling to Turnberry to avoid seeing Mr Biden being sworn into office.

Prestwick Airport was told to expect the arrival of a US military Boeing 757 aircraft previously used by Mr Trump on January 19, according to the Sunday Post.

But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has in recent days stressed it is illegal to travel in or out of Scotland without a valid reason, adding: “Coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose.”

When asked about the speculation, she said: “I have no idea what Donald Trump’s travel plans are, you’ll be glad to know.

“I hope and expect that – as everybody expects, not everybody necessarily will hope – that the travel plan immediately that he has is to exit the White House. But beyond that I don’t know.”