Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Democrats slam Pence for staying at Trump hotel during visit to Ireland

Democrats slam Pence for staying at Trump hotel during visit to Ireland

Main image shows the US Vice President Mike Pence arriving at Shannon Airport with his wife Karen. The hotel also hosted the Trump family during a brief trip to Ireland by the president in June.

US Vice President Mike Pence drew criticism from Democrats on Tuesday when he began a two-day visit to Ireland with meetings in the capital, Dublin, but stayed at a hotel owned by President Donald Trump nearly 300 kilometers (180 miles) away.

"I don't think it was a request, like a command".

Vice-President Pence said he spoke to President Trump on the way who he wanted to extend his greetings to the Irish government and added he knew President Trump has forged a strong relationship with Taoiseach Varadkar and I look forward to my meetings with the Taoiseach tomorrow.

Pence's stay was paid for by US taxpayers, Short said, but the vice president personally paid for his sister and mother who had travelled with him.

His schedule shows meetings with Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic.

That document said Doonbeg generated income of $14.5m from what was described as "golf-related revenue".

The Irish government has repeatedly said it respects the UK's decision to leave the European Union, but that it took more than two years to negotiate a withdrawal agreement and that it could not be re-opened.

Vice president Mike Pence has pledged the United States will play a "constructive" role in Brexit. He said the club is the "one facility" in the Doonbeg area able to accommodate a group of their size. "That's why it was important for me, before our original trip plan, to at least spend one night in Doonbeg".

California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu on Twitter accused Pence of "funneling taxpayer money" to Trump by staying at the hotel.

"Your tax dollars: making the Trump family richer", the Democratic National Committee added by tweet.

Asked if Mr Trump was allowing Mr Pence to stay at his hotel for free, Marc Short replied: "No, this is following the normal procedures that we usually have".

Police in County Clare stopped a protester as she marched towards the terminal at Shannon Airport carrying placards as Pence landed yesterday.

Pence visited Ireland after replacing Trump in Poland for ceremonies commemorating the start of World War II, and on Wednesday he planned to continue onward to Iceland.

Speaking in the Presidential Suite at Shannon Aiport, Pence declared, "I want to say what a privilege and an honour it is to be back on the Emerald Isle".

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