Scotland’s First Minister has said the verdict of the American people must be respected after Donald Trump swept to victory in the US election.
Nicola Sturgeon congratulated Mr Trump on his win, but said she hopes he will reach out to those who felt marginalised by his campaign and make clear that he will be a president for everyone in a modern, multicultural America.
She also paid tribute to defeated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and said she is disappointed she will not become America’s first woman president.
Ms 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.”
She added: “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.
“It is normal in any election for those on the losing side to 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 marginalised by his campaign...
“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.”