Trump 'Baby Blimp' Expected to Fly Over Dublin at Major Protest
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 07, 2019,
Jun 07, 2019, 15:40
Trump spent Wednesday night at his golf course on Ireland's west coast.
In the end, neither side got what they wanted.
Trump's visit to Ireland for talks with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was limited to the Shannon airport.
The two leaders' teams had disagreed on the location for their meeting.
Mr Trump rejected the suggestion Brexit would be bad for Ireland. If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, then the Northern Ireland statelet goes with it.
At the start of a bilateral meeting with the Taoiseach at Shannon Airport, Mr Trump said Brexit could be "very, very good for Ireland".
He went on: "I did say, 'Well, the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are based on all statistics.' And it's even getting better because I agree with that we want the best water, the cleanest water".
US President Donald Trump has arrived in Ireland and held an impromptu press conference at Shannon Airport alongside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The border between Northern Ireland and Ireland is unmarked allowing free movement of goods and people as both states are European Union members.
"He is in favour of Brexit as you know, and we're not, but he understands that a major issue is the border between north and south and he shares our objective to keep the border open as it is now, respecting the Good Friday Agreement". I don't know how @LeoVaradkar managed to keep a straight face.
Inside the pub, local Clara Bells told Reuters, "They're very humble so we weren't expecting that so it was a great welcome and they have a tab on so we all had free drinks so I'm thankful for that".
"They are very welcome here".
"We love you guys so much".
Boos could be heard as Mr Trump made his way to his meeting with Mrs May.
Trump said a silencer ban was something "I'm going to seriously look at". The groups taking part are regular protesters outside Shannon Airport, who complain about its use by the USA military for refueling en route way to conflict zones in the Middle East. It also is a regular stopover for American officials on global flights, since its location on the eastern edge of the Atlantic Ocean makes it an ideal refueling spot for far-flung trips.
For his part, President Trump said he had declined a request to meet main opposition Labour Party's leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has led protests against his state visit to Britain.
The demonstration contrasted with the welcome Democratic President Barack Obama received in Dublin eight years ago when he spoke to a cheering crowd of thousands on an official visit.
He enlisted the help of a few neighbours to make an American-inspired top hat, which he hopes will catch the attention of Mr Trump if he visits the village.
One of the organisers, Edward Horgan, from the Peace and Neutrality Alliance, said people had become "complacent".
The course is a large employer in the area, and many who call Doonbeg home believe it benefits from the visitors.
Two of his sons visited a number of pubs in the village hours after their arrival.