Many people believe President Donald Trump‘s visit to the Emerald Isle is largely an elaborate plot to promote, or at least draw attention to, his golf course in the country, as he stayed at his money-losing course in Doonbeg for two nights.
According to the Irish Times, the president tried to arrange his meeting with the Irish prime minister to take place at his golf course. As a counter-offer, the Irish government proposed the meeting take place at a historic castle. After that, Trump was reportedly favoring a visit to Scotland (where he also has golf courses).
But the Ireland trip went ahead. During his event with the Irish leader, an Irish reporter asked Trump if the trip is “just about promoting your golf club.” Trump denied that suggestion and said that he “really wanted to do this stop in Ireland.” The meeting took place at an airport.
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Trump asked if he's just here to promote his golf course in Doonbeg.
Says he's here "because of the relationship with the UK… I really wanted to do this stop in Ireland because of the relationship I have with the people and with your Prime Minister".pic.twitter.com/U9OX0LcWI9
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) June 5, 2019
The president was asked why he is staying at his course in Doonbeg.
“We’re going to be staying at Doonbeg in Ireland because it’s convenient and it’s a great place. But it’s convenient,” he said, according to the Washington Post.
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However, the Post notes that Doonbeg is hundreds of miles away from the locations he’s visiting, including Normandy in France. The course currently has two issues before the Irish authorities, one of which is a sea wall that they say they need to stop the erosion of the course.
Trump’s European tour has been full of confusing moments that can be difficult to figure out. For example, the president brought all of his adult children along with him to England, where they dined with the queen.
After his trip to the U.K., the president went to Ireland, where he was corrected by the prime minister of the island nation after wishing him good luck on his wall.