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I’m puzzled: is Gerry Adams really Trump’s friend or is he not?

Nelson McCausland


SF invited president to dinner, then opposed visit to Republic

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Warm welcome: Gerry Adams meeting Donald Trump in 1995

Warm welcome: Gerry Adams meeting Donald Trump in 1995

Warm welcome: Gerry Adams meeting Donald Trump in 1995

The past four years with Donald J Trump have certainly been “different” and the next four years may be equally so, albeit in a different way. Nevertheless, as his presidency draws to a close and as the row over the Capitol Hill incursion rumbles on, I become ever more convinced that I just don’t fully understand American politics. And neither do I really understand Donald Trump.

In November 1995, Gerry Adams addressed a Sinn Fein fundraising dinner in a New York Hotel. Guests had to pay a $200 entry fee to hear him and guests were asked to give donations to Friends of Sinn Fein.

One of those guests was Donald Trump and, during his speech, Gerry Adams joked about playing the “Trump card” before shaking hands with the rich businessman. Film footage of the dinner also shows Trump grinning and waving to the Friends of Sinn Fein audience after shaking hands with Adams.


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