Trump visit cancelled: A lucky escape for Government

Though it would naturally be denied, there must have been a palpable sense of relief at the highest levels of Government when it was announced yesterday that US President Donald Trump had changed his plans to visit Ireland in November though not definitively.

No matter how it was presented, such a visit would have been the diplomatic engagement from hell. An unhinged president, who, if his tax policies succeed, would suck thousands of jobs from this country, could hardly expect the red carpet that’s usually rolled out, and hopefully will be again, for a visiting US president.

It is difficult, too, to imagine how our Government, especially our Taoiseach and President, could have engaged with Mr Trump in any meaningful way as he has shown nothing but contempt for the values that define and sustain Western democracy. Silence in the face of such malign leadership was simply not an option.

His shamelessness, his routine dishonesty, his almost unfathomable ignorance, narcissism, bullying, and rancid misogyny, and probably most of all, his world-threatening opposition to climate change aversion measures mean he cannot expect any welcome in any civilised society

His decision, though welcome, leaves a central question un answered. Can a small country like Ireland ever be in a position to speak truth to power and, in an instance like this, tell a crazytown despot that he is not welcome and that he should stay away?


More in this Section

May all your wishes come true, Theresa

Bending psychologist’s ear to not give a focail

Use social media for impact and not 15 minutes of fame

Grace Millane case shows tech giants’ contempt


Lifestyle

Lindsay Woods: At a time of year when the pace is frenzied and days are full of school plays and deadlines, the chance to break from routine is a welcome one

On the red carpet: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and Cheryl

Raise a glass to Christmas festivities

The best festive desserts to try out this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner