Commenting on the First Minister discussing the constitutional future of the UK with US officials, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
"Successive First Ministers have represented Scotland abroad but the previous ones were focused on boosting Scottish business and forging important diplomatic relationships.
"Using meetings with US officials to bang on about Scottish independence looks hopelessly out of touch at a time when most Scots are more concerned with the state of the economy and the cost-of-living crisis.
"Scotland needs an ambitious economic investment programme to help businesses flourish and protect families from the cost-of-living crisis. It's not going to get it when the First Minister's eyes are off the ball."