Wednesday 21 February 2018

Boycott of US is not on, but we must speak out

US President Donald Trump. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP
US President Donald Trump. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP


Many of us must deal with people we dislike and disagree with in both our professional and even our personal lives. We could be seriously hampered if we only dealt with those we liked and approved of.

The practice of international relations is not vastly different in this regard. World realpolitik dictates that we must make terms with leaders and regimes of which we disapprove and with which we disagree.

On that basis calls for the Taoiseach and Irish Government to "shun" the new US President Donald Trump are not very realistic. These calls ignore that, whatever you think of Mr Trump, he is now the democratically elected leader of that great country.

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