Niall O’Dowd: The real reasons Trump wants to visit Ireland

Our Hollywood handsome Taoiseach is just one of the draws for the US president

US president Donald Trump is to return to Ireland when he comes to Europe to attend the commemorations of the centenary of the end of the first World War on November 11th.

President Trump’s decision to visit Ireland in November may have come as a surprise to the Taoiseach but it makes perfect sense. Trump rarely misses an opportunity to play to his core vote, particularly as he builds up a head of steam for a second run at the White House in 2020.

The likelihood is that Trump will be arriving in Ireland in the wake of US midterm elections in which even his Republican leaders expect the president’s party will take a pummelling from the electorate.

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