Nicola Sturgeon on US election: '˜not the outcome I hoped for'

The First Minister released a statement after Donald Trump was confirmed as the next President of the United States.

Nicola Sturgeon was personally disappointed with the result. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Nicola Sturgeon was personally disappointed with the result. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

At the end of one of the most divisive elections in modern US history, the Republican candidate defeated Hillary Clinton in a race that went down to the wire.
Following the announcement Nicola Sturgeon said:

“While this is not the outcome I hoped for, it is the verdict of the American people and we must respect it. I congratulate president-elect Trump on winning the election.

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“We value our relationship with the United States and its people. The ties that bind Scotland and the US - of family, culture and business - are deep and longstanding and they will always endure.

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“It is normal in any election for those on the losing side to be feel disappointment, but today, many in America and across the world, will also feel a real sense of anxiety.

“I hope the president-elect will take the opportunity to reach out to those who felt marginalized by his campaign and make clear - in deeds as well as words - that he will be a president for everyone in modern, multicultural America.

“Today must also be a moment for those who share progressive values - all of us who believe in tolerance and diversity - to speak up loudly and clearly for the values we hold dear.

“I also want to pay tribute to Hillary Clinton.

“While I am personally disappointed that she will not be America’s first woman president, her candidacy represented a major step forward for women in America and across the world - for that, as well as for her many years of public service, she is owed a deep debt of gratitude.”

Sturgeon, who has made her disapproval of Mr Trump known, previously said Mrs Clinton would be “a great president”.