Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Trump invites Ireland's new leader to WH for St. Pat's Day

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to have first phone call with Trump today Trump calls Ireland's Varadkar to congratulate him
Lance Thomas | 28 June, 2017, 02:43

The call is set to come in around 4pm today.

The press pool at the White House were invited into the oval office to watch on as Trump exchanged pleasantries with the Fine Gael leader, with Mark Knoller of CBS claiming that Trump waited for at least 90 seconds for Varadkar to pick up the phone.

The call comes as the POTUS has been given the green light to introduce his travel ban.

Donald Trump and Irish premier Leo Varadkar say they are both looking forward to meeting in person next March in Washington.

The ban has been reinstated until autumn. I know so many of them, I feel I know all of them.

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).

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

"I totally reject and oppose President Trump's attempt to withdraw the United States from the commitments made in Paris", he said, in reference to the accord struck in 2016.

Other topics discussed included migration, Brexit, climate change, free trade, Irish inward investment in the USA, and the undocumented Irish.

They also discussed the Northern Ireland peace process.

The "introductory" phone call between the two took place on Tuesday.

However, a visit by Trump to Ireland was not brought up during this conversation, despite Kenny extending the invitation during his visit.

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