Donald Trump says he plans to visit Ireland later this year

17 March, 2019, 02:57 | Author: Myra Gill
  • President Donald Trump Meets With Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland At The White House

Speaking with reporters alongside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday, Trump said that he was in Scotland at the opening of his new golf club the day before the referendum, and that he'd stated his belief that Britain would vote to leave the European Union.

U.S. President Donald Trump met on Thursday with visiting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White Houseto discuss bilateral ties and other issues.

"I lived in a country where if I'd tried to be myself at the time, it would have ended up breaking laws", the Irish prime minister said.

"She's got to do what she's got to do but I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner".

"I'd like to see that whole situation with Brexit work out", Trump added.

Trump did state his belief that Varadkar is now in a "complicated position" due to Brexit and stated his belief that the European Union has treated the USA "very unfairly" over the years.

The meeting comes on the second day of Mr Varadkar's St Patrick's Day tour in the USA capital. "And with the help of the administration, we were able to save those jobs, so thank you very much for that".

Trump said he planned to stay out of the negotiations.

Mr Pence said that the USA stands with Ireland as the United Kingdom continues to work through Brexit issues.

President Donald Trump Meets With Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland At The White House
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Mr Varadkar replied: "We have a different opinion, Mr President".

Afterwards Mr Varadkar said he had a "really good meeting" with President Trump.

"So, whatever happens in the coming months, we are sure about our place in the world, we know where we are going and, as a country, we are confident about the future".

Mr Varadkar is on the second day of his annual St Patrick's Day tour to the United States.

Mr Pence, who describes himself as a Christian and a conservative, extended an invitation to the couple during a meeting with Mr Varadkar past year. "I regret that Brexit's happening".

He said it is the UK's decision and the most important thing for Ireland is to avoid a hard border and protect the Northern Ireland peace process.

The prime minister had previously revealed Mr Trump told her to "sue the EU" and "not go into negotiations".

Mr Pence made the comments at a breakfast meeting with Mr Varadkar and his partner at the vice-president's residence in the capital. Trump gave it a try, too, and got pretty close, at the final theatrical rite of the Irish visit - the presentation of a crystal bowl of shamrocks.


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