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Watch: What economic advice does Donald Trump have for Michael Noonan?

The business heavyweights met at Shannon earlier. But what does ‘The Donald’ think of the Government’s efforts to mount an economic recovery?

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THE DONALD TRUMP circus rolled in to town this morning — or more specifically, it landed, at Shannon: it was wheels down for the tycoon’s private 757 shortly before 8am this morning (if you happen to be passing through the airport, it’s the one with ‘Trump’ emblazoned on the side in gold lettering).

The assembled throngs of the Irish media were there to greet him, of course. Trump can always be relied on to say something controversial — whether it’s questioning the birthplace of the US President, or defending controversial sports-team owners.

One man hoping for as little controversy as possible however was Michael Noonan. The Finance Minister arrived on the tarmac just as the plane taxied to a standstill — joining a small greeting party that included a band of freezing musicians.

Within moments, the familiar figure of ‘The Donald’ bounded purposefully down the steps (there was never a chance of a repeat of the ‘Boris Yeltsin Incident’) and, after a brief pause on the red carpet, was whisked inside for a half-hour press conference.

Most of the Q&A session focused on his investment plans for the golf resort he recently snapped up in west Clare (it was, after all, the entire reason for his visit).

But did he have any advice for the Minister, TheJournal.ie wanted to know.

He did.

But… whatever of his Trump’s reputation for headline-grapping remarks and bouts of irascibility, the 67-year-old is, of course, more than experienced enough to know what to say when he’s a guest in a country…

‘You’re all great,’ he said — essentially.

We also asked him about his election plans for 2016…


(Youtube: TheJournal.ie)

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