Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

With free beers, Trump brothers thank devoted Irish village

With free beers, Trump brothers thank devoted Irish village

President Donald Trump rowed back Wednesday (June 5) on his comments that Britain's much-loved national health service should be opened up to USA private companies in a post-Brexit trade deal.

Speaking with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Shannon, southwest Ireland, Trump - who flew there after a state visit to Britain - raised the subject of the UK's European Union exit and the Irish border.

The current backstop proposals in the Withdrawal Agreement would keep the United Kingdom inside the Customs Union, and keep regulations in Northern Ireland aligned with the EU, but have provoked a furious reaction from eurosceptic Tories and the DUP, helping defeat the plans in the Commons on three separate occasions.

"I think that will all work out very well, and also for you with your wall, your border".

Varadkar quickly retorted, "I think one thing we want to avoid, of course, is a wall or border between us".

Mr Trump also appeared to express optimism for the future of Northern Ireland, despite the ongoing impasse between the leading parties.

Their intervention came after Mr Trump sparked a furious backlash when he said during a joint press conference with Mrs May on Tuesday the NHS would have to be "on the table" in talks on a post-Brexit trade deal.

"I know that's a big point of contention with respect to Brexit is your border".

Trump's meeting with the prime minister is part of a trip that will also include a stop-off at one of the president's golf resorts.

On criticism from President Michael D Higgins of his climate plan, President Trump claimed: "Well I haven't heard those comments - but we have the cleanest air in the world in the United States, and it's gotten better since I'm president".

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"I think it's going to work out's going to work out very well here".

Corbyn had Monday boycotted the State Banquet given by the Queen for the U.S. President at Buckingham Palace.

During his first official visit to Ireland as United States president, a badly briefed Mr Trump denied his two-day trip was purely a PR exercise for his golf resort in Doonbeg, saying he was "honoured" to be in the Republic.

"Mr Trump looked very different from what the pictures show".

The Trump Baby balloon is due to make an appearance at the Irish protests, after being used to taunt the USA leader in London this week.

Trump's sons, Eric and Donald Jr., joined the festivities, going from pub to pub posing for selfies and buying drinks for the patrons from behind each bar.

He will make a day trip from the hotel to France on Thursday for a D-Day commemoration there, before taking in a round of golf and returning to Washington on Friday.

But Trump's quick, mostly-hidden-from-view visit will likely earn him little reaction at all. "Does Doonbeg love Trump?"

"No one is going to build any walls or checkpoints".

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