Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said that he will address issues like climate change and migration with the US President.
When President Donald Trump steps foot on Irish soil later this year, he can expect to be engaged in "blunt, straight" talks with some Government leaders.
Speaking today, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said that despite strong disagreements with current US policy, he is eager to maintain the "very friendly, historic" relationship between the two countries.
“Yes, we have strong disagreements with the policy decisions but we also have a very friendly relationship with the United States. That doesn’t mean we won’t have direct discussions from a policy perspective. That is how mature countries interact with each other. Rather than taking approaches that are unhelpful and will damage a relationship, we will have blunt, straight and honest discussions with a friendly country," he said.
President Trump will visit Ireland in November. The US President is always welcome in Ireland. Our two countries have such strong historic, economic, cultural and family ties. Maintaining those connections is always a top priority ??????— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) August 31, 2018
He stated that the main bones of contention revolve around Trump's "approach on migration and climate change".
"The approach in relation to international trade and the imposition of tariffs we have real concerns with and many more areas as well," Coveney added.
Coveney noted that he will be speaking candidly and openly with the controversial POTUS.
We understand that President Trump will stop in Ireland for a brief visit on his way to or from the Armistice commemorations in Paris on November 11th.— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) August 31, 2018
“Are we seriously saying in Ireland that the door is closed to President Trump visiting this country given the fact that we 700 US companies operating here? Nearly 200,000 jobs linked to that investment. We have well over 100 Irish companies in the US," he questioned.
When asked about Brexit negotiations and the implication of Trump's visit amid ongoing turbulence, Coveney said the visit would have no bearing on the issue.
According to a poll by Claire Byrne Live last year, 70% of Irish people would not support a State visit by Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin has expressed her interest in meeting Trump - albeit for different reasons.
Mary Lou says she would meet Trump during his trip to Ireland pic.twitter.com/tuVL1g2fW8— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) September 3, 2018
“Would I meet him? You bet I would,” she said, adding that perhaps the question is would he like to meet her face-to-face as she has openly slammed his “misogynistic” and “racist” policies.
“We have received no invitation,” she added.
“One thing I do know is the politics and policies of President Trump will be challenged – challenged directly out on the streets, as they should be and Sinn Féin will be part of that.”
Mary Lou McDonald says Trump’s politics must be challenged pic.twitter.com/UJz0QtAiXd— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) September 3, 2018
Despite Coveney's statements, it seems not every Minister will be rolling out the green carpet ahead of Trump's official visit.
Ministers John Halligan and Finian McGrath both confirmed they will boycott any state events with POTUS involved in November.
In fact, London protestors have even offered to send the vocally defiant Ministers their Donald Trump baby blimp for use in any anti-Trump protests.
"We'd love to speak to any groups in Ireland who are organizing demonstrations for the Trump visit. Get in touch and we will bring him over," blimp-owner Kevin Smith told The Sunday Business Post.
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