Donald Trump holds telephone call with Scottish PM Nicola Sturgeon

They discussed Scotland's "long-standing relationship" with the US

Donald Trump holds telephone call with Scottish PM Nicola Sturgeon

Picture by Gerry Broome AP/Press Association Images

Donald Trump has spoken to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to discuss Scotland's "long-standing relationship" with the US.

Last month, Ms Sturgeon urged the President-elect to promote “diversity and human rights for all” regardless of their race, religion or sexuality as she wrote to the tycoon to congratulate him on being elected the next US President.

The US President-elect traces his roots back to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, but in the immediate aftermath of his unexpected victory Mrs Sturgeon said it was "not the outcome I had hoped for".

The Scottish Government described the phone call on Friday as a "brief introductory conversation".

"The First Minister offered her congratulations and, reflecting on the letter she sent him following the election, expressed her belief in the values Scotland and the United States share," it said in a statement.

"The First Minister and the President Elect also discussed the longstanding relationship between Scotland and the United States."

Mrs Sturgeon had expressed her support for Mr Trump's rival Hillary Clinton during the campaign and afterwards results came in said she was disappointed that Mrs Clinton "will not be America's first woman president".   

However, her letter to the President-elect congratulated him, while expressing her hope he would promote the "fundamental values of equality, tolerance, diversity and human rights for all". 

The billionaire property tycoon's mother, Mary Anne Trump, nee MacLeod, lived in the small Gaelic-speaking village of Tongbefore leaving for the United States in 1930, aged 18.

There, she married Fred Trump, the son of German immigrants, and Donald is one of their five children.
Mr Trump owns the Trump International golf course in Aberdeenshire and Turnberry in South Ayrshire.