Friday 24 November 2017

'We need to have a love-in with his people as soon as possible' - Bertie Ahern on Donald Trump's election win

Former Taoisach Bertie Ahern
Former Taoisach Bertie Ahern
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Bertie Ahern does not think Donald Trump's presidency will lead to a disaster for America.

Speaking on Today with Sean O’Rourke this morning, the former Taoiseach said that he believes the Republican Party will have to find a way to make it work.

“I don’t believe he thought he’d win, quite frankly. And now he’ll have to get a team around him and we’ll have to see what that team is,” Mr Ahern said.

Confronted with claims that America is on the precipice of disaster, he said: “I don’t think it's on the precipice of anything; he’s going to have to make it work.”

“We need to have a love-in with his people as soon as possible; as far as I know, we don’t have any connection to his team,” he added.

When asked why the vote went the way it did, Mr Ahern said: “Obviously Hillary Clinton is not liked and that’s putting it mildly. He did catch the mood in lots of ways.”

“The Democratic Party ran a good campaign, they had huge money and huge interests behind them, and they still lost to someone who had a sizeable amount of his own party against him. He changed his policies as he went along,” he continued.

“Make America Great again, whatever that means – if I live I’ll tell you that in four years but for now I haven’t got a clue.”

The former Taoiseach also expressed concern for Irish people living in the United States without visas.

“Hillary was determined to do something about it. I wonder and worry about how they’ll be treated now,” he said.

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