Friday 18 August 2017

Leo made right call... disinviting Trump would achieve nothing

US President Donald Trump waves, with First Lady Melania Trump, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs the White House on Monday. Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump waves, with First Lady Melania Trump, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs the White House on Monday. Photo: AP
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Leo Varadkar hasn't got a whole lot right since he became Taoiseach, but he was absolutely on the money with his emphatic response to urgings he disinvite Donald Trump to Ireland.

He embarrassingly acted like he'd won a 'Day-trip to Downing Street' competition meeting Theresa May a week ago. However, when it came to Mr Trump's potential visit, he 'actually' demonstrated he understands the responsibilities, and limitations, of high office.

The issue was raised in the Dáil last week by the normally sensible Green leader Eamon Ryan. With the kind of pomposity the Greens sometimes specialised in before its spell in government, Mr Ryan implored the Taoiseach to "take the lessons of history and stand up against tyranny and, for all that is good in this patriotic country", withdraw the invite to Trump.

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