Standoff over venue threatens to derail Trump visit to Ireland


An Irish government source with knowledge of ongoing discussions told CNN that the White House is insisting the Irish prime minister, or taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, come to the President’s golf course in Doonbeg to host a meeting between the two leaders.

According to the source, “The Irish government feel that protocol dictates that any event they host for President Trump should be at a venue of their choosing and certainly not at an hotel owned by Trump.”

“It is a bit unseemly to demand that the taoiseach host President Trump at his hotel,” the source said.

The source, who asked that his name not be used so he could speak freely, says Trump’s chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, has been intimately involved in the discussions and has been insistent that Varadkar come to Doonbeg.

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

The Irish side has offered to host Trump for dinner at a nearby venue, the Dromoland…



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