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IrelandSimon Coveney says Taoiseach is happy to meet Trump at Doonbeg

10:15  21 may  2019
10:15  21 may  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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Simon Coveney has insisted there is ‘no row’ between Donald Trump and the Irish Government over US president’s proposed trip here next month. Yesterday, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs confirmed a report in The Irish Mail on Sunday that President Trump was willing to meet with the

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Simon Coveney says Taoiseach is happy to meet Trump at Doonbeg © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

Simon Coveney has insisted there is ‘no row’ between Donald Trump and the Irish Government over US president’s proposed trip here next month.

Yesterday, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs confirmed a report in The Irish Mail on Sunday that President Trump was willing to meet with the Taoiseach outside the former’s Doonbeg Trump International golf resort in order to avoid a diplomatic incident.

Simon Coveney says Taoiseach is happy to meet Trump at Doonbeg © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

It had been rumoured the trip was in jeopardy over a stand-off from both sides regarding plans to hold the meeting in the US leader’s golf club. But Mr Coveney told RTÉ’s This Week: ‘There’s no row and there’s certainly no row over Doonbeg versus other locations.

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Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney is disputing reports that there is disagreement between Washington and Dublin over President Donald "There was an attempt to compromise where the Taoiseach would host a dinner for Mr. Trump at Dromoland and perhaps visit Doonbeg for breakfast

Tanaiste Simon Coveney said Ireland’s concerns over Brexit and protecting the peace process will be the main focus of the Taoiseach ’s meeting with the US President. He will attend events in France tomorrow to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day before returning to Doonbeg that evening.

‘The US are essentially working out the president’s visit to the EU, what’s going to be a private element of that visit and what will be very public. In that context they’re looking at Ireland.

‘We have been talking to them about that to make sure if they do decide to come to Ireland, that it works. It’s certainly not appropriate for me to announce details of that until the US announces it themselves. That’s what protocol determines and I expect we’ll get clarity on that in the next couple of days.’ The IMoS reported that President Trump will be met by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Shannon Airport, with a venue for the pair’s meeting yet to be finalised.

Simon Coveney says Taoiseach is happy to meet Trump at Doonbeg © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

An official within the US administration told the IMoS that ‘President Trump would defer to the host government or the Taoiseach if they had a particular preference’, and that the trip was not at risk of being cancelled.

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As he met with Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney to discuss Brexit and other issues overseas, Vice President Mike Pence warned Americans about the dangers of Hurricane Dorian. (Sept. 2) AP Domestic.

SIMON Coveney said reports of a stand-off over locations were exaggerated and not true. There has been expectation that President Trump will visit Ireland on IRELAND and the US are not arguing over where President Donald Trump might meet the Taoiseach if he visits, the Tanaiste has insisted.

Simon Coveney says Taoiseach is happy to meet Trump at Doonbeg © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

When asked if he would like to see Mr Trump visit Ireland, Mr Coveney said the US president ‘should always be welcomed in Ireland if he wants to come here’.

Mr Coveney said that as there is a long-standing friendship between the two countries and the Taoiseach gets invited to Washington every St Patrick’s Day, ‘we need to return the courtesy’.

‘That being said, the relationship between [the US] and Ireland is one that certainly demands the facilitation of the visit of a US president if he decides to come,’ he said.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: ‘Contrary to what has been reported, there is no standoff about the venue for a meeting between President Trump and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

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