Speculation is rife that we could see President Trump back in New York for St. Patrick’s Day, returning to his Fifth Avenue penthouse that Friday just in time for the festivities.
The release from the organizers of the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade began with a confident headline: “SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE TO MARCH UP FIFTH AVENUE PAST TRUMP TOWER, AS IT HAS FOR YEARS.”
The first line read thus: “The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade will march up Fifth Avenue on March 17, as it has for generations, starting at 44th Street at 11 a.m. and ending at 79th Street.”
It was at this point that things began to wobble a bit.
“The Parade Board of Directors has discussed the issue of Trump Tower security with the New York Police Department and has every confidence the parade will proceed as it has since 1762.”
A repeat of the way the parade proceeded in 1762, the exact details of which are a tad murky, would likely lead to some furrowed eyebrows, to say the least outside the president’s New York home.
And as for said president, well, he was certainly sounding a little more Irish for the big day.
“President Donald Trump is scheduled to be at the White House on March 17, hosting Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny,” the parade release stated.
The only problem with that line was that by the time it made its way to various publications it had emerged that the presentation of the shamrock had been set for the day before St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 16.
Taoiseach Kenny is scheduled to be in New York on March 17.
But what of President Trump, who is not now tied to the shamrock ceremony on the saint’s day?
The president, as of today, has not set foot in New York City since his inauguration last month.
Fridays since the inauguration have been devoted to packing the Trump wardrobe for a trip down to Mar-a-Lago in Florida, lately dubbed the Winter White House.
Might it turn out that the president decides to make his New York return on St. Patrick’s Day and take the time to view the parade from his tower?
Or indeed from outside its front door?
All will be revealed in the coming days.
This article originally appeared in the Irish Echo. You can read more from them here.