President Trump talks trade & economic relations with Irish prime minister

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC during his visit to the US Credit Brian Lawless  PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC during his visit to the US Credit Brian Lawless PA Wire

Vice President Mike Pence invited me and Matt to his home at the Naval Observatory this morning.

Meanwhile, at the traditional St Patrick's Day shamrock ceremony at the White House, Mr Varadkar praised Mr Trump for the results of his efforts to "Make America Great Again".

"I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won", he added.

And he said that embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose own party twice rejected her Brexit plan, would have already cut a deal if only she had listened to his advice.

Bilateral relations and the Irish undocumented immigrants in the U.S. were on the agenda for Mr Varadkar's Oval Office meeting with Mr Trump, but Brexit dominated their talks. "There is every expectation in Washington that a U.S. -U.K. trade deal could be in place by the end of 2019 if Brexit goes forward this month and Britain successfully leaves the Customs Union".

Sitting beside Mr Varadkar, Mr Trump claimed the process of trying to reach a trade deal between the United States and the European Union contained difficulties.

Today the Taoiseach will leave Washington and travel to Chicago to meet emigrant support groups.

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After he met Pence at his home previous year, Varadkar told Irish reporters that the two discussed LGBT issues and that the vice-president told the Irish leader that his partner would be welcome at his home. But I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it, and I think you would have been successful.

"I hate to see it being, everything being ripped apart right now". Irish leaders say a new formal border would put profitable commerce at risk and invoke the ghosts of the bloody conflicts in Northern Ireland known as the Irish Troubles. "I regret that Brexit's happening and the United Kingdom was a really important part of the European Union". Pence, on the other hand, is a socially conservative Christian who has always been criticised by LGBTQ advocates for pursuing policies that they say hurt the gay community while he was governor of Indiana.

This prompted Mr Trump to complain about how the United States was treated in trade talks with the European Union and he warned of tariffs being slapped on European Union products. He said: "If they don't talk to us, we're going to do something pretty severe economically". I can tell you it's a very complex thing that's going on now.

After the meeting, the prime minster said he appreciated the opportunity to lay out Ireland's position on Brexit.

Brexit won't spoil the relationship, even given Trump's history of turning on leaders who cross him, said Marquette University historian Timothy G. McMahon, president of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

"We shouldn't have a hard border or anything to disrupt the peace process", said Varadkar. "He is supportive on that point". "It is just a great place", said Trump. We want to make sure there is trade between Britain and Ireland. "There's 500 million of us, only 60 million of them". I missed it previous year, and I would have loved to have been there.

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