The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump will visit Ireland on June 5 during his trip to Europe, including D-Day anniversary events
United States President Donald Trump will visit Ireland on June 5, the White House has confirmed.
It has also been confirmed that Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar will hold a bilateral meeting with Trump in Shannon when he arrives but will not visit the US President at his hotel and golf resort, in Doonbeg, County Clare.
As Shannon airport is a major international hub it is possible that Trump will fly in, hold a meeting with Varakdar and then travel on to his golf resort which is just a 30-minute drive.
A statement released by the White House on Tuesday evening stated that Trump and the US First Lady Melania have accepted Varadkar’s invitation to visit Ireland. Their trip will be part of their trip to Europe, including a state visit to the United Kingdom, and events in the UK and France to mark the 75th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day.
“President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have accepted the invitation of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland to visit Ireland while they are in Europe for a state visit to the United Kingdom and for events in the United Kingdom and France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The President and Taoiseach will hold a bilateral meeting in Shannon on June 5.”
This weekend the Irish Embassy in Washington had denied US media reports that there was a standoff over the location of the meeting with President Trump and Varadkar.
The recent statement from the White House does not give details of where Trump will stay but it is expected that he will be based out of his Doonbeg golf resort. He’s expected to spend two nights in Ireland before returning to the United States.
On Tuesday a spokeswoman from the Irish Embassy in Washington told the RTE on Wednesday “Detailed arrangements around the visit will be made public in due course.”
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