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Monday 29 May 2017

Trump's tweeting habit unusual, to put it mildly, says Enda at EU summit

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for the informal EU summit in Malta
Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for the informal EU summit in Malta

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described US President Donald Trump's late night tweets as "unusual, to put it mildly".

Mr Kenny said Mr Trump was a "different personality", but again insisted that he will visit him in the White House during St Patrick's week.

Speaking in Malta yesterday, the Taoiseach said he will consider inviting Mr Trump to Ireland for a return visit.

Asked about the president's use of Twitter to raise issues on international relations, Mr Kenny said: "Well, it's unusual, to put it mildly."

Mr Trump is known for getting into social media spats.

His most recent involves former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, also known as The Terminator.

Mr Schwarzenegger is now the host of Celebrity Apprentice, the TV show that Mr Trump used to front.

Ratings have dropped in recent months, and on Thursday - during a National Prayer Breakfast with religious leaders and members of Congress, Mr Trump urged those gathered to pray for Mr Schwarzenegger.

"The ratings are right through the tubes," he said. "It's been a total disaster.

"I want to just pray, pray for Arnold - for those ratings, if we can."

Mr Schwarzenegger replied online saying they should swap jobs so Mr Trump could return to TV and he could "take over your job, so that people can finally sleep comfortably".

Back in Malta, Mr Kenny said Mr Trump is issuing executive orders based on pledges he made during the presidential election campaign.

On the issue of whether he will invite him to Ireland, Mr Kenny indicated that he will consider such a move ahead of his White House visit.

The Taoiseach made the comments during a break at an informal EU summit in Malta.

He added that the sentiment in the room was not personalised towards Mr Trump.

"I have to say that most of the contributions were not anti-American and were not personalised towards the president," he said.

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"But we're looking at the question of how you have a unified approach of the European Council to working with the American administration, taking into account the standard and credibility and relationship it has had with the United States over many years.

"I pointed out the particular long association we have had ourselves over many years."

The first session was attended by British premier Theresa May, who briefed the EU heads about her visit last week to meet Mr Trump in Washington.

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