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Trump hooks up Mar-a-Lago pal with Irish ambassadorship



The following is from the Boston Globe:

WASHINGTON — It was a weekday evening in November, soon after Donald Trump’s surprising election victory, and the Mar-a-Lago elite filed into Trump’s exclusive Palm Beach club for dinner. As Brian Burns and his wife, Eileen, walked through the gold-plated lobby, the president-elect stopped Burns with an offer.

“He gave Eileen a hug and then said, “Brian, are you ready to go to Ireland?” Burns recounted.

Trump was offering Burns the Irish ambassadorship, choosing a Cambridge-born lawyer and businessman with deep roots in the Bay State and a long record of Irish-related philanthropy. Burns, the son of the closest adviser to Joseph P. Kennedy, the Kennedy family patriarch, said he was thrilled to accept the position, pending his formal nomination and Senate confirmation.

“I’m overjoyed because I’m the grandson of a poor immigrant from County Kerry,” he said. “It’s the fulfillment of a dream that I never thought would happen.”

Burns, who spent most of his professional career in San Francisco as a lawyer and businessman, is now the chairman of BF Enterprises, a financial holdings company. He spends most of his time in Palm Beach, Fla., but his family has owned a home in Falmouth for about 75 years.

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[Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2017 11:03am]


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