Irish PM says respect to be shown during Trump visit
The Irish government must treat the U.S. president’s office with the respect, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said ahead of planned protests.
Trump will travel to Ireland for the first time as president during a trip to Europe to attend a Nov. 11 commemoration in Paris of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One, the White House said on Friday.
The president’s decision to take up an open invitation to Ireland in November “came a little bit out of the blue”, said Varadkar, who as a minister was against extending an invitation to Trump before changing his mind when he became prime minister.
A number of smaller opposition parties have begun organising protests to coincide with the visit.
“I know a lot of people dislike him, a lot of people object to him, a lot of people disagree with a lot of his policies, just as I do in fact,” Varadkar said in an interview with national broadcaster RTE late on Sunday.Published: by Radio NewsHub