Wednesday 18 September 2019

All quiet on Trump trip here as UK visit confirmed

No show: Donald Trump scrapped planned visit last November. Photo: PA
No show: Donald Trump scrapped planned visit last November. Photo: PA
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

There has been no contact between the White House and officials in Dublin about a possible visit to Ireland by US President Donald Trump this summer.

It was confirmed yesterday that the president will make an official State visit to the UK in June.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has previously signalled that Mr Trump could also come here when he was in Europe as part of D-Day commemorations.

However, sources said yesterday that there has been no contact whatsoever about a trip here since Mr Varadkar was in Washington for St Patrick's Day.

Mr Trump had planned to visit Ireland last November but subsequently cancelled the trip without even informing the Irish Government.

He had intended to spend one day in Dublin before travelling to Doonbeg, Co Clare, where he owns a golf club.

Speaking in March as Mr Varadkar visited the White House, Mr Trump said he was disappointed not to visit Ireland in 2018 and that he hopes to do so this year.

On his plans to visit Ireland, Mr Trump said: "I'll be coming at some point during the year. I missed it last time but I would have loved to have been there. It's a special place."

He said he has a "very warm spot" for Doonbeg, where he owns the Trump International Golf Links. "It's just a great place," he added.

Mr Trump also used that meeting to complain about how the US was treated in trade talks with the EU and warned of tariffs being slapped on EU products.

He said: "We're talking about trade with the European Union. It's been very, very tough over the years."

"We're going to tariff a lot of their products coming in because the European Union treats us very, very unfairly," he added.

Buckingham Palace yesterday confirmed that Mr Trump would visit the UK.

It said in a statement: "The visit will take place from Monday, June 3, to Wednesday, June 5 this year.

"President Trump and Mrs Trump previously joined the queen for tea at Windsor Castle in July 2018."

Irish Independent

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