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DONALD Trump is still invited to Ireland despite his latest meddling in the Middle East and other controversies engulfing the White House.

Tanaiste Simon Coveney told the Dail that cancelling the invite would be “counterproductive and a mistake” – meaning a future visit from the billionaire is still on the cards.

>There have been calls to uninvite US President Donald Trump from visiting Ireland over his decision while in the White House

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There have been calls to uninvite US President Donald Trump from visiting Ireland over his decision while in the White House

The American President has been widely criticised for his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his bid to move the US embassy there.

It has sparked new waves of violence and angered Palestinians who also claim the city as their spiritual home.

Trump has also been rocked by the investigations into Russia’s role in the American Presidential election which has seen his former national security adviser Michael Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

Despite disagreeing with America on this and other issues, the Government will still facilitate a visit from the billionaire in the future, says the Foreign Affairs Minister.

>Tanaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney

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Tanaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney

Addressing Coveney in the Dail, Solidarity TD Paul Murphy said: “President Donald Trump is renowned for his very small hands, but he has put his big feet in it in the Middle East with his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

“This is rightly seen as an endorsement of the far-right policies of the Israeli Government and an attempt to annex not just East Jerusalem, but all of the Palestinian territories.

“It has caused uproar in the Middle East, with protests taking place and, tragically, four Palestinians killed and many hundreds injured.

“His arrogant declaration is already stained with blood.

“Does the Government not agree that it is now time to withdraw the invitation to President Trump to come to Ireland?”

But Tanaiste Coveney responded: “I was disappointed at the US announcement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiating steps to move the US embassy there. I issued a statement describing this decision as premature, ill-advised and unhelpful to efforts to resolve the conflict in the Middle East.

>Former US President Barack Obama delivering a speech during a public rally in Dublin

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Former US President Barack Obama delivering a speech during a public rally in Dublin

“I would not be in favour of refusing to meet or host the President of the United States because of a disagreement on policy, however strongly we might disagree. That would be incompatible with the depth and scale of our relationship, which is overwhelmingly a positive one.

“It would reduce our opportunities for influence in the short term and damage our interests in the long term.”

And he added: “For Ireland to effectively reverse an invitation to the President of the United States to visit Ireland would be counterproductive and a mistake.

“We share many interests with the US and there is a long and friendly relationship between the two countries. We disagree on some policy issues, including this one.

“I have stated clearly that last week’s decision was a mistake, one that has created a great deal of tension across the Middle East and annoyance in many Arab and other states.

>TD Paul Murphy has pleaded not guilty

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TD Paul Murphy has asked what would it take for the Irish Government to remove their invitation to Trump

“It makes the search for a lasting peace settlement between Israelis and Palestinians more difficult.

“However, I do not believe that, either on this issue or on the many other issues that the US and Ireland need to be talking to each other about, we advance the interests of either country by disinviting the President of the United States.

“If President Trump chooses to come to Ireland, that visit will be facilitated.”

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This led to TD Murphy responding: “One has to wonder what it will take for the invitation to be withdrawn.

“Issues will arise time and again and, time and again, the question of withdrawing the invitation will be posed. What will it take?

“The conditions of Palestinians in annexed East Jerusalem are horrific and a microcosm for the oppression of Palestinians generally within the West Bank, Gaza and the 1967 borders.”

Source : https://www.thesun.ie/news/1928039/us-president-donald-trump-is-still-invited-to-ireland-despite-mounting-controversies-and-concerns-over-middle-east-meddling/

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