An Irish government resource with knowledge of ongoing discussions told CNN that the White House insists the prime minister of Ireland, or taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, arrived at the President's golf course at Doonbeg to deliver a meeting between the two leaders.
According to the source, "The Irish government feels that the protocol indicates that any event they fill for President Trump should be at a place they have chosen and certainly not in a hotel owned by Trump . "
"It's a" source, asking that his name is not available so he can speak freely, says Trump's chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, "says source Trump at his hotel. Intimately involved with the discussion and was insistent that Varadkar arrived at Doonbeg.
CNN reached the White House commented. The Irish side offers Trump's host for dinner in a nearby place, the Dromoland Castle, where he met President George W. Bush at the then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2004, and to come to Varadkar at Trump's Doonbeg property for a breakfast.
"There was an attempt to compromise where maniseach would host a dinner for Mr. Trump in Dromoland and perhaps visit Doonbeg for breakfast as well, "the source said. Today, the White House said the source did not accept that offer and threatened to travel the President one of his golf features in Scotland instead.
"The standoff continues with attempts to find a compromise," said the source, pointing out that the standard diplomatic protocol administers "no official travel until the White House has made a final announcement. "
Another Irish diplomatic source with planning knowledge said, "The visit was so serious for Varadkar, because President Trump was incredibly unpopular in Ireland." "Leo is doing his best to reduce his exposure to Trump at this visit, but in a deceptive position, almost every European headquarters of every American digital company is in Ireland," says the source, citing the Corporations like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Apple all have headquarters there.
When asked about the possibility of a Trump visit, Varadkar told reporters recently, "The President of America is always welcome here. We respect the role no matter what we think of the person ourselves."
The maniseach also said that protesters are more than welcome: Ireland "is a democracy, and peaceful protests are part of democracy and certainly I do not criticize anyone for opposition if they want to express their thoughts. "
" It's great to have a prime minister of Ireland with us, "Trump said at that time, and the two became" fast friends. "