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Timothy L. O'Brien

Mike Pence’s Doonbeg Visit Proves He’s a Giver

The vice president knows how to walk the walk.

A home away from home for the vice president.

A home away from home for the vice president.

Photographer: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Go ahead and forgive yourself if you find some details of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Ireland confusing.

Although Pence has official meetings in Dublin (on Ireland’s east coast) he and his federal entourage have found lodging in Doonbeg (on Ireland’s west coast). Why Doonbeg? Well, Pence has ancestral ties to Doonbeg, about which he waxed poetic on Tuesday as he explained his decision to burden his team and U.S. taxpayers by staying 125 miles away from Dublin. Even better: Donald Trump owns a hotel and golf course in Doonbeg, which Pence also found inviting.