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Northern Ireland producer Roma Downey among the chosen in Trump Twitter club

By Allan Preston

Published 15/11/2016

Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett are among the few people President-elect Donald Trump follows on Twitter
Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett are among the few people President-elect Donald Trump follows on Twitter
Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett (left) are among the few people President-elect Donald Trump follows on Twitter

Northern Ireland's second richest woman - Londonderry film producer Roma Downey - is one of only 41 people followed by US President-elect Donald Trump on Twitter.

After decades of success on American television, the former actress from the Bogside is now one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood.

But while she can count Mr Trump among her online fans, Ms Downey and her TV producer husband Mark Burnett - who describe themselves as "the noisiest Christians in Hollywood" - have rejected "the hatred, division and misogyny" of his election campaign.

Billionaire Trump made his name in business, but is also well-known as the host of the smash hit TV series, the American Apprentice, which the Derry actress and her husband produced.

Others in the exclusive Trump Twitter club include Vice-President elect Mike Pence, WWE wrestling mogul Vince McMahon, Fox news anchor Sean Hannity and the right-wing commentator Ann Coulter.

The rest are made up of his family members and businesses. In September, Mark Burnett emphatically denied he had paved Trump's path to the White House by making him a huge reality TV star on the American Apprentice.

After the controversial "Trump tapes" were leaked - in which the Republican presidential candidate was heard bragging about sexually assaulting women in 2005 - Burnett came under pressure to release any out-takes from the Apprentice that would show him in a bad light.

Mr Burnett rejected claims he and his wife were backing Trump and the "hatred, division and misogony" of his campaign.

"Given all of the false media reports, I feel compelled to clarify a few points," he said. "I am not now, and have never been, a supporter of Donald Trump's candidacy. I am not 'Pro-Trump'."

He added: "Further, my wife and I reject the hatred, division and misogyny that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign."

Although the power couple enjoyed enormous success with the Apprentice, they recently suffered a box office flop with their recent $131m remake of Ben Hur.

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