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IrelandKevin Doyle: Trump comes in peace - but it will be on his own terms

10:50  16 may  2019
10:50  16 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Kevin Doyle: Trump comes in peace - but it will be on his own terms Céad míle fáilte: Donald Trump is welcomed to Shannon Airport in 2014 on his last trip to Ireland. Photo: Sean curtin Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Under normal circumstances, the imminent arrival of a US president would be gold for the Government.

Lots of opportunities for PR shots, to make noble speeches about our storied history and to distract the country from any actual news.

But the off-the-cuff reaction of one minister to being told about Donald Trump's plans yesterday summed up where we're at: "Oh sh*t."

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Perhaps more out of hope than anything, the Government was insisting last night that there is still no formal notification that Trump is actually coming - but evidence is easy to find.

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His luxury hotel in Doonbeg, Co Clare, is not accepting bookings between May 31 and June 7. And there are no tee times available at the 18-hole championship course for Friday, June 7, either. Already the not-so-subtle Secret Service has sussed out the tiny village and is expected back in the coming days.

Speaking in Paris last night, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said protocol dictates that the White House is the first to announce the president's travel plans.

"But if President Trump comes to Ireland he'll be treated with the respect and given the welcome his office deserves," he said.

Kevin Doyle: Trump comes in peace - but it will be on his own terms © Catalyst Images U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

There are different political opinions as to what type of céad míle fáilte that is. But despite his obvious ego, the billionaire is unlikely to be overly worried. By the time he and wife Melania get here on June 5 they will have been feted at Buckingham Palace and enjoyed all the pomp and ceremony that comes with a State visit.

They will do that against the backdrop of up to one million people protesting on the streets of London, and intense media coverage.

Doonbeg will seem like the most peaceful of hamlets and whatever protesters do gather will be kept well out of the president's sight.

Kevin Doyle: Trump comes in peace - but it will be on his own terms © Catalyst Images U.S. President Donald Trump hosts the White House Historical Association Dinner at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Trump loves to be in control and that is possibly why he has decided to base himself at one of his own hotels rather than burden the housekeepers in Farmleigh.

Sources say the visit will be very much on the president's terms. He likes to be in charge.

When Barack Obama came in 2011 the country bought into the hype - and the State treated him like the human embodiment of a tourist trap.

His daughters were made to go to Glendalough, where they learned about midges.

Kevin Doyle: Trump comes in peace - but it will be on his own terms © Catalyst Images DOONBEG, COUNTY CLARE - JUNE 05: A view from behind the green on the 181 yards par 3, 9th hole at the Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg on June 5, 2017 in Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

And there was the famous trip to Moneygall to pull a pint in Ollie Hayes's bar.

Trump will be more interested in promoting his own hotel than the country.

He's likely to stay in the 2,800sq ft Ocean View Suite which has four bedrooms, a view of the Atlantic crashing onto Doughmore Strand and a flat-screen TV capable of getting Fox News.

Kevin Doyle: Trump comes in peace - but it will be on his own terms © Catalyst Images DOONBEG, COUNTY CLARE - JUNE 05: The rebuilt 138 yards par 3, 14th hole designed by Martin Hawtree at the Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg on June 5, 2017 in Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

It's understood he'll make a day trip from Shannon Airport to France for the D-Day Commemorations on June 6 before coming back for his round of golf. Mr Varadkar will visit him at some point but their get-together might actually happen in Dromoland Castle, 50km from Doonbeg.

Labour Party Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is already talking about building a resistance to the visit and called on the State not to facilitate "the face of hate, racism and division".

But Mr Varadkar insisted people need to "rise above" the personality because the president of America "is always welcome".

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EXCLUSIVE: Trump will be protected by a huge army of soldiers, gardai, US Secret Service men and women - and a range of hi-tech weapon systems . “A huge warship will keep in contact with his Air Force One jet as it crosses the Atlantic and move into position off the West coast. There will be at least US submarine in the area. “If any aerial threat is identified to the POTUS (President of the United States) plane, these ships will simply fire missiles to take them out. “Then you have the SAMs (Surface to Air Missiles) all around Shannon itself to cover his ensure there are no threats around the airport.

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