Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has predicted the visit of Donald Trump to Ireland next month will be controversial because everything the US President does these days is controversial.
However, he said just because the Government was facilitating the visit it should not be viewed as an endorsement of Mr Trump’s policies.
"We don’t agree with Donald Trump in terms of his approach to climate change, we don’t agree with his approach on migration, we don’t agree with his approach in terms of international trade," he said.
The Tánaiste thinks there will be some straight discussions between the Government and the US President when he arrives here, most likely on 12-13 November.
During Enda Kenny’s time as taoiseach, he once described Mr Trump as a racist, however the Tánaiste disagreed with this description today.
"No, I don’t say he’s a racist, but as I’ve said before, I disagree with many of the policies that he advocates," he said.
On Brexit, Mr Coveney said that negotiations between the EU and Britain are on a better footing than they were before the summer.
Speaking on the second day of the Fine Gael think-in in Galway, he said much of this had to do with the UK cabinet being more united and having a clear negotiating position.
"We also have a Brexit Minister that is much more hands on, he is a detail person, he is a lawyer and he is determined in my view to try to get an agreement," the Tánaiste said.
Mr Coveney believes that "with some more flexibility on all sides" a deal can be done "hopefully" by the end of October.
"But it if needs a few extra weeks, so be it," he said.
Mr Coveney said there can only be an agreement if it contains a legal guarantee that ensures there is not going to be border infrastructure on the Island of Ireland.
Elsewhere, EU Commissioner Phil Hogan said British politics was trapped in a recurring cycle of silly behaviour.
He said Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg like to think of themselves as the three musketeers, but they are more like the three stooges.
He also weighed in on Mr Trump's visit, making a strongly worded attack on Mr Trump's trade policies, calling him the "America First Bully".
Mr Hogan used a speech to the Kennedy summer school to vigorously attack Mr Trump's style of politics, saying the EU will always stand four square against the idea that America can put its elbows on the table and dictate terms.
He said Mr Trump is without doubt weakening the global trading system, accusing him of acting like a rogue trader, pursuing economically self-harming policies, and treating the EU as a security threat.