Donald Trump has thanked the “biggest crowd ever to welcome an American President to Ireland” in a message that’s sure to leave Irish officials baffled. The American President landed in Shannon Airport today where he had a brief meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Trump then flew by helicopter to his Doonbeg Hotel where he will spend tonight. Pretty much nobody lined the route and there were no crowds gathered at either location apart from a tiny group of protesters at Shannon Airport.
Local TD Barney Fitzmaurice accompanied the President on the short journey from the Airport to the hotel and spoke to reporters at a press briefing this evening.
“There were no people really but there are quite a lot of sheep along that route and also several cows so maybe he was referring to them. He did wave down at them a few times and thank them for coming out to support him so that’s probably who he’s talking about.”
Trump is notorious for exaggerating the size of crowds at his public appearances ever since his early days as a candidate for the American Presidency. Even at his inauguration where all independent eye witnesses agree that approximately 500,000 people turned up Trump put the number at 1.5 million and said the crowd went all the way back to the Washington Monument even though it clearly didn’t.
President Trump will fly to France tomorrow morning for the D-Day Commemorations but will fly back to Ireland tomorrow evening and return to his Doonbeg hotel where he said he will host a private dinner for his 8 million Irish supporters.