Friday 17 November 2017

Enda must tread carefully at the White House if he decides to take the Trump tiger by the tail

Then-taoiseach Bertie Ahern (left) with the US president George W Bush at the White House for St Patrick's Day, 2003 Photo: Reuters
Then-taoiseach Bertie Ahern (left) with the US president George W Bush at the White House for St Patrick's Day, 2003 Photo: Reuters
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

This week, members of our Government rightly and swiftly admonished the controversial new immigration measures imposed by the Trump administration in the US.

Leading the outrage, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone rushed to the conclusion, and very public proclamation, that Ireland should expel the US pre-clearance immigration system from Dublin Airport immediately.

The call was probably made as a well-meaning show of solidarity with people potentially affected by Donald Trump's temporary ban on travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and the suspension of the US refugee programme, but it smacked of an emotional response rather than a considered diplomatic effort by a senior Cabinet minister.

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