Friday 28 July 2017

Taoiseach has no plans to meet Donald Trump on New York visit

Taoiseach Enda Kenny had described Mr Trump’s views as racist and dangerous. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Enda Kenny had described Mr Trump’s views as racist and dangerous. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has not requested a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump ahead of a visit to the US in the coming weeks.

The Taoiseach will be in Mr Trump’s home city of New York later this month as part of a trade mission.

However, a spokesperson said that there are “no plans at present” to meet with the billionaire.

Mr Kenny was among the first world leaders to receive a courtesy call from Mr Trump after his election last week.

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The pair spoke for 10 minutes during which Mr Trump committed to continuing the traditional St Patrick’s Day reception in the White House.

Mr Kenny previously described comments made by the Republican as “racist and dangerous”.

But since his election has congratulated him on behalf of the Government and people of Ireland.

Mr Kenny’s trip will also take him to the Silicon Valley where he will meet with business leaders.

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