Trump meets Irish PM on trade, security

Blanche Robertson
March 17, 2019

He said: "I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation".

"It's tearing a country apart", said Trump, who has cheered from the sidelines for Brexit and the populist and nationalist British politicians who have championed it.

"She's got to do what she's got to do but I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner. I hate to see it being - everything being ripped apart right now", Trump said, adding that holding a second referendum "would be very unfair to the people that won".

When Mr Trump was asked about it by U.S. reporters, he turned to Mr Varadkar and said: "We have a border situation also".

President Donald Trump with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the White House in Washington D.C. during his visit to the US.

"I think they are probably going to have to do something because right now they are in the midst of a very short period of time - the end of the month - and they are not going to be able to do that".

"I am happy to report to the Taoiseach that I have spoken to mom, first generation Irish-American and mother-of-nine, and she has confirmed that she will travel with us to Ireland and we are making plans to return to my grandfather's homestead as we speak", Mr Pence said.

Varadkar took Pence up on his offer Thursday, bringing Barrett along for a morning reception at the vice president's residence on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory.

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Just ahead of Saint Patrick's Day, Ireland's openly gay prime minister Leo Varadkar and his boyfriend had brunch with the one and only Mike Pence.

"I missed it a year ago, and I would have loved to have been there".

"I'm not going to comment on Brexit".

Mr Pence said Mr Varadkar had offered "inspiring words" and asked his sister Annie Poynter to say blessings before they tucked into a breakfast of "Eggs St Patrick", applewood smoked bacon and boxty.

His comments came as MPs are set to vote on whether to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union longer than planned after Prime Minister Theresa May's authority over Brexit suffered another major blow.

"I think that the relationship between Ireland and the United States is long-lasting - it's strong", Varadkar told The Washington Post in an interview on Wednesday.

The event saw Varadkar present President Trump with the traditional bowl of shamrock as part of an annual ceremony that dates all the way back to the 1950s.

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