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For someone as outspoken as Nicola Sturgeon, who has, in the past, been very critical of Donald Trump, it was quite surprising to hear today that she would be more than happy to meet up with him.

The reason for that meeting would be to try and build on what she describes as the already strong relationship that Scotland has and always has shared with the United States of America and the President personally.

It is no secret that Trump has some very strong links to Scotland, with his now relinquished business interests and of course with his mother having been born there, and with the First Minister of Scotland and the leader of the Scottish National Party Sturgeon will be eager to push her agenda of an independent Scotland with him, at any meeting they do have.

However, one fly in the ointment will be the fact that back in 2015, Sturgeon decided to revoke his honorary status as a business ambassador for Scotland, as she took offence at his at the time suggested ban on Muslims entering the US, a view that she repeated much more recently back in November 2015 in the Scottish Parliament.

Sturgeon is currently trying to badger the UK Government to allow another vote for independence for Scotland, and is currently using the Brexit negotiations as a way to make that become a reality, however Theresa May the Prime Minister of the UK has ruled out another referendum.

By relaxing her views on Trump or at the very least being seen to offer an olive branch to him, she will be hoping a meeting can be arranged, and will be hoping that somehow leads to additional investment in Scotland by the US if any such deal can be secured, however many commentators are wondering just what Scotland could offer the US that would see her name being moved up the list of leaders Trump will want to sit down and meet.

Having backed Hilary Clinton in the Presidential Elections, and having made no secret of her fondness for her, this change of heart in regards to meeting up with Trump is to be expected, however it will remain to be seen whether Trump will meet up with her, as he does have much more important things to attend to at home.

In fact, it will be interesting to hear what Donald Trump has to say in regards to an independent Scotland, for he has been singing the praises of Brexit, which Sturgeon is using as something of a bat to beat the UK Government with in her desire to make Scotland independent.

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Sara O'Connell
A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.