Varadkar outshines Trump as the shamrock show goes on

In the teeth of the coronavirus crisis, the Taoiseach turned a potentially fraught trip to Washington DC into a welcome break from the many political challenges he faces at home

15th March, 2020
Varadkar outshines Trump as the shamrock show goes on
Donald Trump meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Oval Office: Varadkar used to the visit to emphasise Ireland’s role as an honest broker Picture: Getty

In Washington DC, business and pleasure conspire to make March one of the busiest months of the year. It’s peak time for Congress, conferences and conventions. Hotel rates go from merely exorbitant to absurd as demand spikes amongst tourists wanting to experience the magnificent cherry blossom and magnolia blooms that transform the capital.

With coronavirus fears escalating, last week the city’s streets were comparatively deserted. Hotels were offering half-price rates. The virus had...

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