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Nicola Sturgeon Strips Donald Trump Of Scotland Ambassador Role

The first minister said Trump was "no longer fit" to represent Scotland. The US presidential candidate has also had an honorary degree revoked from a Scottish university.

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Nicola Sturgeon has stripped Donald Trump of his role as an ambassador for Scottish business, saying he is "no longer fit" to represent Scotland.

Trump has been an ambassador since 2006 as part of the GlobalScot network, which promotes the country's businesses abroad and helps Scottish businesspeople to open trade routes in different countries.

However, following his statement on Monday that Muslims should be prevented from entering the US, first minister Sturgeon said Trump has been stripped of his ambassadorial role with immediate effect.

A spokesperson for the Scottish government said: "Mr Trump's recent remarks have shown that he is no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland and the first minister has decided his membership of the respected GlobalScot business network should be withdrawn with immediate effect."

Trump, whose mother was from the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of Scotland, was awarded the ambassador role by then first minister Jack McConnell.

Trump said at the time: "I've enjoyed success over the years and I like to think that part of my achievement can be attributed to my Scottish roots.

"For a long time I've been aware that Scottish people are fiercely proud of Scotland and that they like to help their fellow countrymen."

Meanwhile, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen has revoked an honorary degree from Trump due to "statements that are wholly incompatible" with the university's values.

A spokesperson for Robert Gordon university said: "In 2010 Robert Gordon University awarded an honorary DBA to Mr Donald Trump, in recognition of his achievements as an entrepreneur and businessman.

"In the course of the current US election campaign, Mr Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university. The university has therefore decided to revoke its award of the honorary degree."

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

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