‘No request’ for meeting with Donald Trump on US trip - Michael Noonan
Finance minister Michael Noonan has said that a meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump is not on the books for his trip to the US this week.
The minister’s US tour, which includes meetings in Washington DC and Silicon Valley in California, has featured meetings with large US companies who operate in Ireland as well as the US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
Despite the soon-to-be President’s promise to drop US corporation tax to bring American companies back to the US, the minister will not be meeting with him.
"No, I haven't looked for a meeting [with the President-Elect]. I'm dealing with the present administration. I've had no contact with him at all, and didn't look for contact with him,” Minister Noonan told the Limerick Leader on Tuesday.
"My trip wasn't related to the election, it was arranged after Brexit. The trip is more of a follow-up to Brexit than anything else."
The minister also told the Limerick Leader that his trip is going “very well”.
"For the next three days, I'll be meeting the people in the IT industry for discussions; most of them will have projects in Ireland - Amazon, Facebook, Intel and Apple and all the others," he said.
When asked if he believed jobs in Ireland would be affected when Donald Trump takes office next year, considering his promise to drop corporation tax, the minister said: "No, that's not being expressed here at all."
It is understood that the EU Commission’s ruling on Apple’s Irish tax rate was on the agenda of Minister Noonan’s trip; Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has previously criticised the EU Commission for what he called a retroactive move.
Secretary Lew said the ruling represented “a sweeping new state aid theory that is contrary to well-established legal principles, calls into question the tax rules of individual countries and threatens to undermine the overall business climate in Europe."