Do you remember Leo meeting Trump in the Oval Office at the White House possibly for the first time, or second time, he secretly met Obama in advance of meeting Trump.
The Irish Times newspaper reports that Varadkar met with several members of the Obama administration, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. The meeting was kept secret, though officially it was merely ‘undisclosed’.
From the IT piece:
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met former US president Barack Obama on his St Patrick’s Day US visit in March in a previously undisclosed private engagement.
The meeting, which was requested by Irish officials, took place during the same trip that the Taoiseach met US president Donald Trump at the White House on his annual visit to Washington.
Mr Varadkar is said to have been advised against the meeting by Government officials, who were concerned it might ruffle feathers when he was in Washington to meet Mr Trump, a strong critic of his White House predecessor.
The Taoiseach is understood to have been keen to meet the former president.
A Government spokesman confirmed that Mr Varadkar had a private meeting with Mr Obama. He said the meeting was to discuss the work of the former president’s foundation in Europe “and in particular its role in fostering leadership”.
“The Taoiseach had a range of formal and informal meetings with members of the current and previous administration during his trip to Washington,” said the spokesman.
They included a meeting with Mr Obama’s vice-president Joe Biden who attended a St Patrick’s Day reception at the Irish ambassador’s residence. The meeting took place more than a month before Mr Biden entered the 2020 presidential race, becoming the leading Democratic contender in the polls to challenge Mr Trump’s re-election.
It is unusual and understood to be at odds with traditional diplomatic protocol for the leader of a country to meet a former head of another while on a visit to that country to meet its current leader.
Mr Obama, who left office in early 2017, regularly meets foreign heads of government as a former US president but usually in their home countries rather than while they are in Washington to meet Mr Trump.
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Following then was Trumps visit to Ireland, a US president visits Ireland and we got the Shannon diplomatic circus of will he won’t he meet Trump and where. I’m not sure it was so much the Irish side playing politics or making a mistake as much as the Trump admin screwing’ with Leo & De Boys.
You can see what was they were up to. It’s clear as day and if you think the Trump admin didn’t know what Leo was up to, well, think again.
The real question here is, is this the side Irish people wish to be on in this WAR?