Sunday 18 March 2018

Flawed process brought Trump into power - and I'd question his integrity, says Clayton

Adam Clayton of U2 said the democracy that brought Donald Trump to power was 'flawed'
Adam Clayton of U2 said the democracy that brought Donald Trump to power was 'flawed'

Ed Carty

U2 bassist Adam Clayton has questioned US president-elect Donald Trump's integrity.

As the band announced a world tour of their 30-year-old album 'The Joshua Tree', they drew comparisons between the politics of the mid-1980s and now.

"I think it's fair to say the process of democracy that has brought Donald Trump to the presidency seems flawed," Clayton said.

He raised concerns about Mr Trump's attitude to the media during the election campaign and lingering questions about his tax returns.

"All these things added up to a situation where you question is he really the right person to lead the country and whether he actually represents the constituency he claims to represent, because he doesn't have a history of philanthropy," he said.

"He definitely won it fair and square. The question is his integrity."

Speaking from his home in Rathfarnham, Dublin, where 'The Joshua Tree' was recorded, Clayton told Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ that it was unlikely U2 would forge close relations with the new White House administration as they had in the past.

"It's dangerous when you have a president or incoming president that affects where businesses set up their factories by tweeting about it in the early hours of the morning. That does not seem to be part of the democratic process," Clayton said.

Irish Independent

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