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Taoiseach Kenny shoots down suggestion Trump snubbed him

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has brushed aside any suggestion that he was snubbed by US President-elect Donald Trump during his visit to New York. Photo: PA
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has brushed aside any suggestion that he was snubbed by US President-elect Donald Trump during his visit to New York. Photo: PA
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has brushed aside any suggestion that he was snubbed by US President-elect Donald Trump during his visit to New York.

Mr Kenny said his trip to the United States was arranged before the outcome of the election, and that there are no political meetings planned for this trip.

Mr Kenny has a series of meetings with business people at the Irish consulate in New York today.

He was asked at a press conference if he had been hopeful of meeting Mr Trump and if he has been snubbed by the US president-elect.

Mr Kenny brushed off the question saying: "This trip was arranged long before the outcome of the election.

"This is a business, trade and investment trip, both on the West coast and here. There are no political meetings on this occasion."

Mr Kenny said that he had spoken to Mr Trump by phone on the day after the election and added: "I look forward to meeting him in March."

He added that he told Mr Trump that he looks forward to "working constructively with that administration and in the interests of relations between Ireland and the US."

Later today Mr Kenny will announce additional funding for a planned Irish Arts Centre in New York.

Earlier he gave an interview to Bloomberg TV where he said Ireland has had a "stream of enquiries" from financial services firm seeking to leave Britain in the wake of Brexit.

But he said Ireland will have to compete with other countries to attract businesses relocating from the UK.

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