Donald Trump and Nicola Sturgeon have had a chat on the phone about Scottish values


President-elect Donald Trump has discussed the "long-standing relationship between Scotland and the United States" in a phone call with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Government has said.

The Scottish Government described the call from Trump as a "brief introductory conversation".

(Gerry Broome/AP)
(Gerry Broome/AP)

A spokeswoman said the First Minister offered her congratulations and "expressed her belief in the values Scotland and the United States share" in the call on Friday.

Sturgeon had written to Trump to congratulate him in the days after winning the presidential election.

The letter emphasised the bonds of friendship and economic ties between Scotland and the US, and Sturgeon also stressed shared values of "equality, tolerance, diversity and human rights for all regardless of race, faith, gender or sexual orientation".

Trump, whose mum was born on the Isle of Lewis, owns two golf courses in Scotland and took time out of his presidential campaign to mark the reopening of Turnberry with his family in June.

But in the early stages of his White House campaign, Trump was stripped of his role as a business ambassador for Scotland over controversial comments.

Sturgeon - and other Scottish party leaders - had backed Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House but she has said she will engage "positively and constructively" with Trump.