Sturgeon fires warning to Donald Trump over furloughing Scottish staff ‘think carefully!’

Nicola Sturgeon was quizzed on President Donald Trump’s decision to furlough his workforce in Scotland by Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Scotland’s First Minister did not directly address the US President but warned all businesses with “deep pockets” to think carefully before relying on taxpayers’ money during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mr Guru-Murthy said: “We now know that Donald Trump’s staff in Scotland are being furloughed.

“So Scottish taxpayers’ money will be going to pay the bills that might have been picked up by the President’s business.

“Do you think that is an appropriate use of your taxpayers’ money?”

Ms Sturgeon replied: “It is right the Government has given unprecedented support to businesses when we are asking businesses to do unprecedented things.

“But businesses should think carefully about whether they need that support.

“So that as much of the support as possible is going to those that need.

“If a business has got deep pockets of its own it should be relying on them before the taxpayer.”

During the same interview with Channel 4, Ms Sturgeon revealed some of the potential measures the Scottish Government is looking at implementing in order to re-open schools.

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Ms Sturgeon stated that children may be split into two groups and rotated between staying at home and going to school so that class sizes are reduced.  

Scotland’s First Minister said: “We want to get kids back into schools as quickly as possible but we might have classrooms with desks further apart for social distancing.

“Maybe not all school children will be able to be in school at the same time.”

Mr Guru-Murthy asked: “Are your experts telling you it is possible that schools could go back before the summer holidays?”

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Ms Sturgeon replied: “I couldn’t say for certain but I don’t want children to be outside of school for a day longer than is necessary so there may be points in between where you have classes split into two.

“Don’t take this as a decision, we are thinking things over.

“One half is in school on some days and the other half is in school on other days, to reduce the number of children in classes at any one time.

“These are the kind of creative things we are going to have to think about if we are going to get normality back but still do what we have to do in suppressing this virus.”

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