Sunday 18 March 2018

Taoiseach: Donald Trump's late night tweets are 'unusual to put it mildly'

Enda Kenny will consider inviting Trump to visit Ireland

Donald Trump, inset Enda Kenny
Donald Trump, inset Enda Kenny
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has commented for the first time about US President Donald Trump’s use of social media, describing his late night tweets as “unusual to put it mildly”.

Mr Kenny described Mr Trump as a “different personality” but insisted once again that he will visit the controversial figure in the White House during St Patrick’s week.

Speaking in Malta on Friday, the Fine Gael leader admitted that he will consider inviting Mr Trump over to Ireland for a return visit.

Asked about Mr Trump’s use of twitter to raise issues on international relations, Mr Kenny replied: “Well it’s unusual to put it mildly.”

He added that Mr Trump is issuing executive orders based on pledges he made during the Presidential election campaign.

“That’s his way of operating as President,” Mr Kenny told reporters.

On the issue of whether he will invite Mr Trump to Ireland, Mr Kenny indicated that he will consider such a move ahead of the White House visit.

Mr Kenny made the comments during a break in an informal EU summit in Malta. He said it was his first time in the country.

He said that the sentiment in the room was not personalised towards Mr Trump.

“I have to say most of the contributions were not anti American and were not personalised towards the President,” the Mayo politician said.

“But we're looking at the question of how you have a unified approach of the European Council to working with the American administration taking into account the standard and credibility and relationship it has had with the United States over many years. I pointed out the particular long association we have had ourselves over many years.”

The first session was attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who briefed the EU heads of state about her visit to meet Mr Trump in Washington.

Mr Kenny said that the issue of the border was raised during discussions between him and other EU heads of state in light of Brexit.

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