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70% of Irish people would not support a state visit by Donald Trump

Trump has been a divisive figure in politics across the world since he took over as US president in January of this year.

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A TOTAL OF 70% of Irish people would not support a state visit by US president Donald Trump in the next year, according to a new poll.

The results of the TheJournal.ie and Claire Byrne Live Amarách Research poll shows that majority of Irish people don’t want Trump to visit Ireland in an official capacity any time soon.

Just one in five (21%) of people say that they would support a state visit by Trump, while 9% said they were undecided.

Trump has been a divisive figure in politics across the world since he took over as US president in January of this year.

Thousands of protesters in the attended a protest in London in February against Trump visiting the UK. A petition protesting the visit garnered over 1.8 million signatures.

However, Trump has been welcomed with open arms by many world leaders, visiting France for Bastille Day in July and China in November, among other places.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar indicated in November that an invitation for Trump to come to Ireland still stands, but that no arrangements are being made.

The invitation to Trump to visit Ireland came from former Taoiseach Enda Kenny who made the annual St Patrick’s Day trip to the White House last March.

Former US president Barack Obama visited Ireland in 2011 during his first term to much fanfare.

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