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DUP councillors stage walk-out over President Trump proposal

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in Washington yesterday. Picture by Evan Vucci, Associated Press
Seamus McKinney

DUP councillors walked out of a meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council last night in protest at a motion about US president Donald Trump.

The proposal called on President Trump to reverse his decision to designate Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - a move which sparked anger in Palestine and several predominantly Muslim countries.

Former DUP mayor Hilary McClintock branded the suggestion by independent councillor Gary Donnelly a “publicity stunt” as she walked out of the meeting.

Mr Donnelly had proposed the council make the appeal to President Trump in the interests of peace and on the grounds that the authority's policy was to support the “Palestinian cause".

However, Mrs McClintock said it was difficult to believe that anyone would think that Derry and Strabane council calling on “the most powerful man in the world” to change would have any impact.

Mrs McClintock said: “We are leaving the chamber now and it just remains for us to wish you all a merry Christmas".

The council agreed to write to President Trump asking him to reverse his decision.

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