President Donald Trump’s older sons took advantage of their visit to Ireland with a pub crawl that drew in dozens of supportive locals.
Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump visited at least three pubs Wednesday night ahead of ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, enjoying some pints while surrounded by local residents of the Irish village of Doonbeg, County Clare, home to the Trump International golf resort and hotel, CNN reported.
Paying for the locals’ drinks, the Trumps gave thanks for the “incredible” support “from day one” from the village of about 200 people, many of whom are grateful for the business and jobs Trump has brought to the area.
“Always great to be back here,” Trump Jr. said in one of the pubs. “I love seeing all the support coming in today, it’s incredible.”
When one woman passed on well-wishes from a local priest to Eric, he replied, “Oh he’s such a great guy,” and “will you tell him I say hi?”
Donald Trump jr & brother Eric receive a warm reception as they arrive at Morrissey’s pub, the first of four bars on a pub crawl of Doonbeg, buying drinks and thanking locals for their support of the family’s golf resort – via @IrishTimes IrishTimes #TrumpVisit #TrumpInIreland pic.twitter.com/PmVnRuCPXn
— Simon Carswell (@SiCarswell) June 5, 2019
According to CNN:
The Trump family is well-liked in Doonbeg, where up to one-quarter of residents rely on jobs at the golf resort. And while some of the locals say they don’t agree with the President’s policies, they draw a line between the Trump name and the business.
Even those who don’t work directly in the hotel understand its benefits. Pubs, shops and restaurants in the village rely on the business the resort brings in. The golf course evens runs a daily shuttle for its guests who want to experience village life outside of the luxury resort.
Some patrons at the pub, who had reportedly been expectantly awaiting the Trump sons, wore Make America Great Again hats and carried American flags. Hugh McNally, the owner of one of the pubs, even noted that he is a long distant cousin of Vice President Mike Pence, CNN reported.
WATCH: Eric Trump during pub crawl in Doonbeg last night saying ‘everywhere they looked’ from Air Force One flying into Co Clare they saw American flags: ‘That’s a beautiful thing’ – @IrishTimes
STORY: https://t.co/WocIx2djIt pic.twitter.com/OMvfBYfAAl
— Simon Carswell (@SiCarswell) June 6, 2019
The president’s sons were pulled behind the bar to pour drinks as patrons cheered and even pointed out that Eric Trump’s “attempt at pulling a Guinness” at one location was “enough to trigger an international incident.”
— Caolán Mc Aree (@Caolanmcaree) June 6, 2019
One BBC reporter attempted to dampen the festivities by asking if the pub crawl was a good use of U.S. taxpayers’ money.
“We’re just trying to have a good time,” Eric said.
So I got to ask @EricTrump a question as the Trumps did a pub crawl thru Doonbeg – is his trip a good use of US taxpayer money? ‘We’re just trying to have a good time’ the answer, poses for selfies, refuses to answer further & ducks into Madigans pub surrounded by fans &security
— Nuala McGovern (@BBCNuala) June 5, 2019
“Don and I want to buy everyone cocktails tonight,” he reportedly told the Belfast Telegraph.
The Trump boys are doing a pub crawl in Doonberg, Ireland buying and serving drinks to the locals. The whole world loves the Trumps anything to the contrary is FAKE NEWS! pic.twitter.com/HW9MjU6DBZ
— TOTAL EXONERATION! Negan (@NeganWins) June 6, 2019
Trump’s sons Donald jr and Eric go on pub crawl in Doonbeg buying rounds and thanking locals for their support for the Trump family’s West Clare golf resort – via @IrishTimes https://t.co/S0Sl89uxp6 #TrumpVisit #TrumpInIreland pic.twitter.com/1XEN3sp1R1
— Simon Carswell (@SiCarswell) June 5, 2019
— Flagman Ireland (@flagmanireland) June 6, 2019
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