Police outnumber fans as Donald Trump lands in Ireland

Former US President Donald Trump arrived in Ireland on Wednesday night for a brief visit to his golf resort in Doonbeg, County Clare, on the western Atlantic coast.

Less than a dozen fans greeted him when his motorcade reached the village. The fluttering of American flags and MAGA hats among people standing by the side of the road was heavily guarded by the Secret Service and Irish police.

Trump, however, received a generally warm welcome inside the resort, the village̵7;s largest employer with a staff of 300, including a performance by traditional Irish dancers. He traveled to Ireland with his second son, Eric.

Hotel reporters asked Trump what he thought of Joe Biden’s four-day visit to Ireland last month, when tens of thousands of people cheered the current US president at walkouts and rallies. “I didn’t see much about his travels. I don’t know what he did here.’

Trump, a vocal supporter of Brexit, was also asked to argue over post-Brexit trade rules in Northern Ireland, which led to a walkout by Democratic Unionists, which put the cross-community government on ice and effectively sacked civil servants. left from. Display. His response indicated an awareness of the long-running Belfast controversy.

“Well, we’re going to look. They’re talking and we’re going to look. There’s a lot of talking going on right now in Ireland and elsewhere, but it’s going to be tough, it’s not going to be easy. We’ve got to sort it out.” Will be,” he said.

Trump has no scheduled public engagements in Ireland but plans to play a round of golf on Thursday at the resort he bought in 2014 for €15 million. He spent most of his time at the resort when he visited Ireland as President in 2019.