Trump Might Skip His Visit to Ireland Because Their Leader Won’t Meet at His Golf Course
Donald Trump’s June trip to Ireland may not occur after all because of disagreement over where Trump would meet the Irish Prime Minister.
A disagreement over the location for a meeting between Trump and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar may force cancelation of the president’s Irish trip.
Matters may not have been helped by Varadkar’s comment that protestors were “allowed” and “welcome” during the visit.
“I’d say to them, this is a democracy and peaceful protest is part of democracy,” Varadkar said when asked what he would say to citizens planning protests for Trump’s visit. “And I would certainly never criticize anyone for taking part in a protest if that’s the way they wish to express their views.”
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On Wednesday, reports stated Trump would go on to Ireland to Doonbeg, his hotel and golf complex in County Clare, after his state visit to the United Kingdom the first week in June. But now disagreement has emerged over protocol issues.
The Irish Times reports that “while the Taoiseach’s preference is to meet Mr. Trump in County Clare, Irish officials are reluctant to meet the US president in his golf course in Doonbeg. Instead, the Government has pressed for a meeting in another location, preferably Dromoland Castle, located 35 miles away.”
A White House source told the Irish Times on Thursday that the president was now favoring Scotland rather than Ireland but Irish sources believed the Irish visit would still go ahead.
An American president visiting his own private property in Ireland begs a protocol issue whether it is a private or public visit.
A visit to Ireland would involve some formal structure with the Government who would clearly prefer any contact not occur at Trump’s private property.