The day is off to a bad start: US Vice President Kamala Harris’s husband, Douglas Emhoff, has tested positive for Covid-19.
aoiseach Michael Martin was scheduled to meet US President Joe Biden the next day at the White House as part of St Patrick’s Day celebrations and the breakfast event Ms. Harris was supposed to host the next day had to be canceled. cancel.
Do not worry. Breakfast was served and, privately, the members of the Irish delegation seemed delighted that they were able to add a few hours of sleep to their schedules.
Mr. Martin continued as usual on the second day of his four-day trip to Washington DC; he held a press conference at the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette, after which he gave a keynote speech at the American Chamber of Commerce.
He also presented the Stripe John and Patrick Collison duo with prestigious medals within the framework of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) event.
The sun was pouring down in an excruciatingly hot and unusually hot 20 degrees in mid-March.
It went well for Taoiseach. He helped the country get through the worst of the pandemic and get around restrictions. He has missed out on hundreds of events and opportunities to travel, not only around Ireland but abroad, as well as work on his own legacy.
St Patrick’s trip to the White House is just one example. It is an opportunity for a trainer to sell the Irish brand, meet the president and vice president of the United States, and further strengthen the US-Ireland relationship.
As part of strict White House procedures, everyone on the Irish delegation, including the press traveling to Ireland, must be tested for Covid by the White House medical team.
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Dozens of officials, politicians and journalists lined up in the lobby of the DuPont Circle hotel to be impregnated.
In recent days, Taoiseach has been to Versailles and London ahead of his US trip and party sources have expressed concern about Covid-19 and the growing cases, as he meets many people each day. day.
After that first round of testing, a member of his delegation who had traveled to the US tested positive. Taoiseach was then re-examined “out of an abundance of caution”.
Awaiting the results, Taoiseach and his staff, as well as his wife Mary and son Michael Aodh, were taken to the National Museum of Buildings in Washington, the site of the prestigious $1,000/disc gala dinner. Irish Foundation.
Mr. Martin will receive the Ireland Foundation’s International Leadership Award 2022. He is seated next to US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and photographs show the two talking without masks.
However, news of the positive results came quickly and Mr. Martin was given. Soon after, Speaker Pelosi took to the stage, delivering a speech that is believed to be the precursor to Taoiseach accepting the award.
“I wanted to invite Taoiseach to the stage but I have been informed that Taoiseach is being called as one of the world leaders,” she said.
It was on Irish Ambassador to the United States Dan Mulhall to announce the news.
“You may wonder why I am here, I will explain,” said the Ambassador.
“Tonight, before we departed here, all members of the delegation were tested for Covid-19 and the test results on Taoiseach came back negative.
“But because a member of the larger delegation tested positive and while that test was being tested and retested, out of an abundance of caution, Taoiseach was tested as soon as he left to come here and sadly that test turned out to be positive.
“So Taoisach asked me to explain this and read the speech on his behalf.
“Taoiseach is in good form, it’s a sad thing that I have to do but I have to do this,” he said.
Unfortunately for Mr. Martin, this means his chances of getting into the White House have gone up in smoke.
Most likely instead of canceling all scheduled events, they will now be held remotely.
President Biden opened the gala dinner with a speech and many expected that the two would meet informally at the gala, ahead of his visit to the White House. It is not certain whether the two have met, and the White House has confirmed that he is not closely related.
https://www.independent.ie/news/how-it-happened-taoiseach-micheal-martins-long-awaited-plans-for-white-house-shattered-after-he-contracted-covid-41456751.html Taoiseach Micheal Martin’s long-awaited plans for a Saint Patrick’s Day meeting with US President Joe Biden at the White House fell apart after he contracted Covid