Wednesday 21 August 2019

Trump visit: No confirmation that he's coming, reveals Taoiseach

Donald Trump (Brian Lawless/PA)
Donald Trump (Brian Lawless/PA)
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the prospect of a visit by US President Donald Trump to Ireland within weeks remains a possibility but the Government has still not received confirmation one way or the other.

It comes as the US Secret Service is due in Clare this week to scope out logistics and security arrangements for a presidential visit.

Asked about the expected presence of American security officials in Clare, Mr Varadkar quipped that the "US Secret Service mustn't be all that secret" if the media found out about it.

He added: "There's a possibility of a visit in June. The president is going to be in Europe. But we've had no confirmation of it."

If Mr Trump does visit, he's expected to go to his hotel and golf resort at Doonbeg in Co Clare.

Earlier this week the Irish Independent revealed that he is set to choose between his hotel in Ireland or one of his Scottish hotels if he tacks on a round of golf during his trip to Europe.

He is due in France next month for D-Day commemorations and in Britain for a state visit.

Mr Trump revealed his intention to come to Ireland during Mr Varadkar's visit to Washington for St Patrick's Day festivities.

He 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 had a "warm spot" for Doonbeg.

Irish Independent

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