Donald Trump’s November schedule is a rather tight, the American leader will visit Ireland, France, Brazil.
President Trump’s exact timing of the European trip was not announced, however, the leader of the Irish Labour party promised to oppose the visit. Rory Hearne, a lecturer at Maynooth University, reminds: “We went in our thousands to Shannon to protest against George Bush visit in 2004…lets make this @POTUS visit to Ireland an even bigger one!”
In Friday’s statement, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said Trump’s time in Ireland would “renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations”.
“While in Europe, the president also will visit Ireland to renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations,”
White House press secretary added.
This July, Trump’s had already a short and controversial trip to England and Scotland where he faced the huge protests. American President’s visit caused a political uproar with remarks about Brexit and Boris Johnson and unconventional behaviour while visiting the Queen. Talking about the upcoming visit to Ireland, a government spokesman said:
“The Taoiseach understands that President Trump will stop in Ireland for a brief visit on his way to or from the Armistice commemorations in Paris.”
Not everyone was pleased with the news. Within minutes of the announcement being made, some Irish Twitter users began calling for a protest against the US president.
In a tweet on Friday, the Irish Labour leader, Brendan Howlin, said his party would “join with likeminded people to oppose this visit”, as Trump “has been no friend of democracy or human rights”. Howlin said in his written statement:
“We will always be firm friends of the American people, but Ireland will not welcome a man with Trump’s record of discrimination, sexism and lies.”