Wednesday 16 August 2017

'I'm not sure what purpose it would serve' - Leo Varadkar against Donald Trump invite

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Burke
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Burke
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

SOCIAL Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has said he's against inviting US President Donal Trump to visit Ireland.

The Minister was responding to reports that Taoiseach Enda Kenny was considering extending an invite to the President during his White House visit next month.

Speaking to Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One, the Dublin TD said he wasn't sure "what purpose it would serve".

He said that during Barack Obama's visit here in 2011 tens of thousands of people crammed into College Green to cheer him.

"You wouldn't necessarily assume that's the kind of visit it would be", he said.

Enda Kenny said last week he is not concerned about a potential backlash that could result from a decision to invite Donald Trump to Ireland.

After describing Mr Trump's Twitter activity as "unusual to put it mildly", Mr Kenny said he is looking forward to some "direct speaking" with him during his visit to the White House to mark St Patrick's Day.

"I've already made my peace in not agreeing with the policy of the Trump administration.

"I actually look forward to having direct engagement with the president and indeed the vice president and the speaker of the House, we have lots of things to talk about," the Taoiseach said.

But pressed on the prospect of a return visit, Mr Kenny said it will something he will consider.

"Well I'll consider that when I go to Washington.

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