Tuesday 21 November 2017

Britain throws down the gauntlet as Kenny jokes

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. Photo: Reuters
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. Photo: Reuters


The access to the corridors of power afforded to the Taoiseach in Washington DC continues to be impressive. From The White House to Capitol Hill, the VIP reception is genuinely unique for a country of our size and influence in the world.

The US president only makes two scheduled visits to the Hill each year: the State of the Union address and the Friends of Ireland luncheon, hosted by the Speaker of the House. Long may the tradition continue.

On this occasion, President Barack Obama even strayed from protocol to address domestic matters as he bemoaned the "vulgar and divisive rhetoric" of Republican candidate Donald Trump. While the vast majority of people in this country would agree with those sentiments, of course, if Trump is in the Oval Office in a year's time our Taoiseach will be knocking on the door.

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