JFK and Trump: Part-time Palm Beachers, Time magazine persons of the year

JFK and Trump: Part-time Palm Beachers, Time magazine persons of the year

President-elect Donald Trumps expected pick for ambassador to Ireland, Palm Beach resident Brian Burns, knew John F. Kennedy and says Trump and JFK have more in common than winter homes on the island.

 

“They have a lot of similarities. They both had great dreams,” said Burns, 80, an attorney whose father was an attorney for and confidant of Kennedy family patriarch Joseph Kennedy.

 

Brian Burns and wife Eileen. (Yuting Jiang / Palm Beach Daily News)

Brian Burns and wife Eileen. (Yuting Jiang / Palm Beach Daily News)

“I think he’s going to be a very great president if people stop complaining about him and give him a chance,” Burns said of Trump.

 

In 1963, Burns was named director of the American Irish Foundation, which had been established that year by John F. Kennedy and then-President Eamon de Valera of Ireland.

 

Burns and wife Eileen Burns are involved with Saturday’s 11th annual Policeman’s Ball at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. Trump himself has often attended the event, which raises money for the Palm Beach Police Foundation, but will be in New York this weekend, a transition spokesman said today.

 

“I think he intended to be there. He’s always made it. Now that he’s president, his time really isn’t his own,” said Burns.

 

The Donald J. Trump Foundation contributed $25,000 to the Palm Beach Police Foundation in 2015 and $50,000 in 2012, according to Internal Revenue Service filings.

 

The New York Times reported last month that Trump plans to appoint Burns ambassador to Ireland. Burns is the grandson of Irish immigrants, owner of an acclaimed Irish art collection, and said he has visited Ireland about 40 times.

 

Burns was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2013 along with Vice President Joe Biden and three others.

 



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