Wednesday 22 May 2019

SF deputy who denounced Trump now willing to meet

Sinn Fein Vice President Mary Lou McDonald Photo: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency
Sinn Fein Vice President Mary Lou McDonald Photo: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Just weeks after accusing Donald Trump of misogyny, racism and homophobia, Sinn Féin's deputy Mary Lou McDonald has now indicated she would be willing to meet the US president-elect for St Patrick's Day.

Ms McDonald told the 'Irish Times' that the party should be "present" at the White House - despite her disparaging remarks about the billionaire businessman.

The Dublin Central TD reacted in a very different fashion to her party leader Gerry Adams after Mr Trump was elected last month.

Mr Adams responded to the result on November 9 by bringing up the Peace Process.

"Every day brings new challenges. News from USA challenges us 2 ensure support 4 Ireland, 4 peace process continues with Trump admin (sic)," he tweeted.

The North's deputy first minister Martin McGuinness also congratulated Mr Trump.

"I will work constructively with President Trump to maintain and strengthen our well established and deeply valued relationship with the United States," he said.

But just minutes before the tweet from Mr Adams, Ms McDonald had strongly attacked the US politician.

"Thought for the day: Respect the democratic choice of American people. Do not respect misogyny, racism, homophobia," she tweeted.

Ms McDonald is not the only political leader to have criticised Mr Trump before he takes office.

But she now appears to have performed a complete U-turn, stating that the party should have a presence during the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

"That would be a matter for the party to decide.

"It is good access for Ireland, to push for issues that are important," she said.

"We would go ahead. I wouldn't see anything to be gained by not being present," she added.

Irish Independent

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