Taoiseach to show Trump 'both sides of the EU story'

Enda Kenny will meet Donald Trump on Thursday

Taoiseach to show Trump 'both sides of the EU story'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny holds a joint press conference with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on the second day of his visit to the US | Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised to make sure US President Donald Trump hears "both sides of the story" about the European Union.

Mr Kenny was speaking ahead of his meeting with Mr Trump on Thursday, admitting Europe has "work to do" to win him over.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has postponed a trip to the US for her first meeting with President Trump over weather concerns.

This means Mr Kenny will now be the first pro-EU leader to meet with the US president.

Mr Trump has previously met with British Prime Minister Theresa May in the guise of Britain's impending exit from the EU.

During that meeting in January, President Trump cited planning problems with his Doonbeg resort as a reason why the separation would be good for the UK.

He said that leaving the EU would be a "tremendous asset" for Britain, because it would not be constrained by EU laws.

While the Taoiseach says he is keen to make sure Mr Trump is fully aware of the benefits of the EU.

"It's important that the full story be given here and that it not just be one-sided, so that people have a full view of what it is that we stand for.

"And Ireland is a microcosm of that from a European perspective".