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Could Donald Trump escape to Ireland to avoid Joe Biden’s inauguration?

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Update Could Donald Trump escape to Ireland to avoid Joe Biden’s inauguration?

Post by Kitkat Wed Jan 13 2021, 16:53

The end is nigh for Donald Trump in the White House but the outgoing President could yet be set for final sojourn as the leader of the free world.

According to the Sunday Post, Trump has set plans in motion to jet off on January 19, just one day shy of Joe Biden’s inauguration as US President. 
The report claimed Trump is considering travelling to his golf and hotel resort in Turnberry over in Scotland, in order to avoid seeing his Democrat rival sworn into office. 
Officials at Prestwick Airport have been told to expect the arrival of a US military Boeing 757 aircraft on January 19. 
This same type of aircraft was previously used to transport the President over to Turnberry as part of a whistle-stop visit of his hotel complex.

Unfortunately, however, those plans now appear to be on shaky ground after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that Trump would not be allowed to visit. 
"We are not allowing people to come in to Scotland without an essential purpose right now and that would apply to him, just as it applies to anybody else,” she told reporters. 
"Coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose."

That rejection could yet pave the way for Trump to make a beeline for Ireland and the Doonbeg hotel and golf resort over in west County Clare. 
Under the rules on incoming air passengers in Ireland, Trump only needs to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of his departure date in order to be allowed into the country. 
Given that the US President has already contracted and recovered from Covid-19, that should pose few problems.

The President has enjoyed something of a hero's welcome on each of his previous visits to the region – and it’s not difficult to see why. 
The Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg has consistently provided a major boost to the local economy, not least when the President used it to host a series of meetings with Irish political leaders a few years ago. 
It’s estimated that the resort also accounts for somewhere in the region of 400 jobs for the local area – 300 at the resort and a further 100 in the local area. 
Little wonder then that the majority of Doonbeg residents were rooting for Trump to win, despite Biden’s noted familial links to Ireland
Local publican Tommy Tubridy, for instance, previously told the Irish Mirror of how he prayed for a Trump victory last year. 
"He is a decent fella who has got a lot of negative press both here and in America. All the media is against him,” he said. 
“All I know is the Trumps are decent and honourable people. His two sons Eric and Don Jnr are a credit to him and are in and out of here anytime they are in town. 
“There is no nonsense with them. They are two down-to-earth boys who have supported everything in the community, from the GAA team to the drama festival. 
“The people here love the Trump family.”

It’s this kind of response which could see the outgoing President opt to head over to Ireland, rather than Scotland. 

And while golfing and other sporting activities may be prohibited, the fact Trump owns the golf course at Doonbeg could see him find a way to sidestep the rules – not for the first time either.

While reports of Trump’s possible escape to Scotland remain exactly that – reports – Ireland could yet prove to be a palatable alternative for a politician looking to escape reality.
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Update Re: Could Donald Trump escape to Ireland to avoid Joe Biden’s inauguration?

Post by Kitkat Wed Jan 13 2021, 16:54

Donald Trump has been barred from flying to Ireland to play golf in the lead-up to the Inauguration, the Government have confirmed.

There had been numerous reports suggesting Donald Trump would leave the United States in the run-up to Joe Biden's election, as while he finally appeared to concede defeat following the siege at the Capitol, he also confirmed he would not be attending the Inauguration of his successor.

Last week, the Sunday Post reported that Trump had set plans in motion to jet off on January 19, the day before Biden's inauguration, claiming the hotelier hoped to travel to his golf and hotel resort in Scotland.

Those potential plans were quickly scrapped, however, as Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, stated that the president would not be allowed to visit.

"We are not allowing people to come in to Scotland without an essential purpose right now and that would apply to him, just as it applies to anybody else,” she told reporters.

"Coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose."

Sturgeon's quick refusal of any planned trip to Scotland led to concerns that Trump would take a trip across the pond to Ireland-- namely, to his hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg, County Clare.

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Under the rules on incoming air passengers in Ireland, Trump would only need to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of his departure date in order to be allowed into the country.

However, the Irish Daily Star have now revealed that this will not, in fact, be the case.

Following a request from the outlet, a Government spokesperson said they have not received any such request from the US president, but confirmed that anyone flying into Ireland can do so only for essential purposes-- and playing golf is not essential.

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President Trump plays golf at his resort in County Clare

"The Government is strongly advising against any international travel into Ireland except for essential purposes, as part of its strategy to deal with the COVID-19 global pandemic," the statement to the Irish Daily Star reads.

"We have not been made aware of any plans for a visit to Ireland by President Trump, and the rules on essential travel clearly outline the situations where travel into the State is permitted."

Trump would be allowed to enter the country for diplomatic reasons, but this would need to be signed off by the Government, and with just seven days left in his presidency, it is highly unlikely that this will happen.

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