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Trump and Irish PM talk migration, Brexit in phone call

28 June, 2017, 03:44 | Author: Melody Ballard
  • Donald Trump will speak with Leo Varadkar later today

US President Donald Trump has spoken to Ireland's newly-elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar from the Oval Office.

During the call Trump talked about his connections with Irish people in the USA, "I feel I know them all".

During the exchange, Mr. Trump said that there was Irish press in the White House and called over RTÉ's Washington Correspondent, Caitríona Perry, to say hello to the taoiseach.

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An invitation for Trump to visit Ireland, extended by Varadkar's predecessor Enda Kenny was not mentioned during the call, it is understood.

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Mr Varadkar also had a conversation with Prime Minister Theresa May, during which they discussed the efforts to restore the Executive, and the DUP-Tory deal. He's the son of an Indian immigrant and the first openly gay politician in the post. During the 15-minute conversation, Trump and Varadkar, who were speaking for the first time, also delved into topics like Brexit and climate change (let's hope he convinced Trump of its existence).

Sources say Mr Varadkar sought to put much of the focus on the plight of the undocumented Irish in the United States. But Varadkar was backed by most lawmakers and local representatives, giving him a victory under the center-right Fine Gael party's electoral college system.

"The latest of these is scheduled to take place this afternoon with President Donald Trump, who wishes to congratulate An Taoiseach on his appointment", the spokesman said.

"But I just wanted to congratulate you; that was a great victory that you had".


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