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VP Pence's office says, President Trump did not direct Pence to stay at his hotel in Ireland

Vice President Pence's office issued a statement late Tuesday saying President Trump did not direct Pence to stay at his resort in Doonbeg, Ireland.

"Because of some misreporting, we want to clarify that the decision to stay at Trump National in Doonbeg, Ireland was solely a decision by the Office of the Vice President and was based on the requirement to find accommodations near the Vice President's ancestral hometown that could satisfy official meetings on both coasts of the Emerald Isle," the office said in a statement.

"At no time did the President direct our office to stay at his Doonbeg resort and any reporting to the contrary is false," the vice president's office said.

"I understand political attacks by Democrats, but if you have a chance to get to Doonbeg, you'll find it's a fairly small place, and the opportunity to stay at Trump National in Doonbeg, to accommodate the unique footprint that comes with our security detail and other personnel, made it logical," Vice President said

Pence's office said it had originally considered staying one night in Doonbeg due to its proximity to the home of Pence's great-grandmother before she immigrated to the United States. The office decided to book two nights there after Trump asked Pence to go to Poland in his place as Hurricane Dorian approached the U.S.

4th September 2019

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