Wednesday 25 April 2018

SF and DUP tell Trump he'll get 'warm welcome'

US president Donald Trump has been invited to visit Northern Ireland by Arlene Foster (pictured) and Martin McGuinness. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
US president Donald Trump has been invited to visit Northern Ireland by Arlene Foster (pictured) and Martin McGuinness. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

US President Donald Trump has been invited to visit Northern Ireland by Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness.

The DUP leader and ex-Sinn Féin leader in the North wrote a congratulatory letter to Mr Trump before the Stormont Executive was dissolved.

They offered their "personal congratulations and those of all the people we represent on your election as the 45th President of the United States of America".

"We are a small region but we are fortunate to have strong historical, economic and political ties to the United States," it said. "Some of those links predate the War of Independence and we can boast that no fewer than 17 of your predecessors had Scots-Irish heritage."

According to 'The Impartial Reporter', the two politicians concluded by wishing Mr Trump "every success in your new role".

"And we extend an invitation to visit Northern Ireland. You can be assured of a warm welcome."

Mr McGuinness, who has since stepped down due to illness, co-signed the letter - but his party president Gerry Adams has espoused very different views in the Dáil this week.

Mr Adams has himself written to the president to excess concerns about his policies.

"The words of Donald Trump and now the decisions by President Trump have caused huge anger across the US and around the world, including in Ireland," Mr Adams said this week.

He said people are "appalled" by "the racist, anti-women and anti-immigration policies of President Trump".

Irish Independent

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