The Daily Populous

Saturday May 18th, 2019 day edition

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President Trump apparently prefers golf courses to castles.

While it hasn't been publicly announced, Trump has considered stopping in Ireland between his June visits to Britain and France and meeting with its Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Yet the prime minister has so far refused to meet at Trump's requested golf course venue, and it has led Trump to consider skipping the visit altogether, The Irish Times reports.

When discussions first started between the U.S. and Irish governments, Varadkar said he'd like to meet Trump in the western County Clare's Dromoland Castle, sources in Dublin tell The Irish Times.

But Trump apparently noticed that's just a short drive away from his Doonbeg golf club, and requested that the two leaders meet there.

Varadkar has publicly disagreed with Trump on a number of issues, and recently struggled to find any overlap in their policy preferences.

Varadkar also affirmed Thursday that during the yet-unscheduled visit, protests would be "allowed" and "welcome" because "peaceful protest is part of democracy," per The Irish Times. »

Federal court moves to unseal Jeffrey Epstein documents

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A federal court of appeals in New York on Monday took the first step in unsealing documents that could reveal evidence of an international sex trafficking operation allegedly run by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his former partner, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

The court reserved a ruling on the balance of the documents in the civil case, including discovery materials.

Maxwell, a close associate of Epstein, sought to have documents from the court case remain sealed. »

Trump claims no one told him not to hire Michael Flynn. Obama did.

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Except it's public knowledge that Obama fired Flynn, and that he warned Trump against bringing him back on.

Trump's tweet disregards a two-year-old NBC News report that said Obama told Trump not to hire Flynn "less than 48 hours" after Trump won the presidency.

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later admitted that Trump knew Obama "wasn't exactly a fan" of Flynn. »