Donald Trump to visit Ireland and France in November
Donald Trump Donald Trump to visit Ireland and France in November
- Irish Labour party vows to oppose visit
- US president to attend first world war centenary events
Donald Trump will visit Ireland in November, it was confirmed on Friday. The president will also visit France to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war.Trump's other wall: is his Irish resort a sign he believes in climate change? Read more
The exact timing of the European trip was not announced. The leader of the Irish Labour party promised to oppose the visit.
In a statement, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said Trumpâs time in Ireland would ârenew the deep and historic ties between our two nationsâ.
In Dublin, a government spokesman said: âThe Taoiseach understands that President Trump will stop in Ireland for a brief visit on his way to or from the Armistice commemorations in Paris.â
Trumpâs visit will follow his short and controversial trip to England and Scotland in July. There, he was the target of huge protests and caused political uproar with remarks about Brexit and Boris Johnson and unconventional behaviour while visiting the Queen.
In Scotland, he also visited one of his golf courses. In Ireland, the president owns the Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg in County Clare, where plans for a sea wall to combat the effects of climate change have caused considerable controversy, given the presidentâs professed skepticism on the issue.
On Friday the Irish government spokesman said the November visit would be âan opportunity to follow up on the issues discussed in the White House in Marchâ with the Irish leader, Leo Varadkar, âincluding migration, trade, climate change and human rights issuesâ.
Varadkar found himself enmeshed in his own Trump-related controversy in March, after it was revealed that he called a local council about a proposed windfarm near Trumpâs golf course which the president opposed.
Trumpâs opposition to windfarms is well known, and was recently expressed in rambling remarks about birds at a Republican fund raiser in upstate New York.
In a tweet on Friday, the Irish Labour leader, Brendan Howlin, said his party would âjoin with likeminded people to oppose this visitâ, as Trump âhas been no friend of democracy or human rightsâ.
Howlin wrote: âWe will always be firm friends of the American people, but Ireland will not welcome a man with Trumpâs record of discrimination, sexism and lies.â
Trump will also visit Argentina in November, for the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, and Colombia.Topics
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