Friday 26 May 2017

Kenny invites Trump to visit

Kenny successor must now deal with controversial trip

Taoiseach Enda Kenny shakes hands with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Taoiseach Enda Kenny shakes hands with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Kevin Doyle in Washington

Taoiseach Enda Kenny created a political timebomb for his successor by inviting US President Donald Trump to visit Ireland.

Mr Trump confirmed that he intends to visit during the course of his presidency, saying: "I love Ireland. I really love Ireland. I'll be back".

He described Mr Kenny as his "new friend" and a "great guy" as the two attended the annual Speaker's Lunch in Washington to mark St Patrick's Day.

But the Taoiseach was immediately criticised for inviting the controversial president here.

Mr Kenny is unlikely to be in office when that visit happens, as he is under pressure to outline an exit strategy to Fine Gael colleagues.

And the future taoiseach who does welcome Mr Trump will face huge political pressure as well as protests. The Taoiseach's standout moment was an address on Capitol Hill when he went off-script to urge swift immigration reform.

Irish Independent

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