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

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In his first telephone conversation with the new Irish prime minister, President Donald Trump told the Irish leader that he knows numerous Irish in America and he feels like he knows all of them.

Mr Varadkar also held a telephone call with Prime Minister Theresa May during Tuesday in which they discussed the ongoing efforts to restore the power sharing executive in Northern Ireland ahead of Thursday's talk deadline.

"We have so many people from Ireland in this country", Trump remarked during the calI.

When he addressed law firm Arthur Cox's LGBT+ network last week, Mr Varadkar looked forward to the annual St Patrick's Day visit to Washington DC.

"Congratulations on your great victory", Trump told Varadkar, as the U.S. leader sat at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office for the telephone talks.

"I just want to congratulate you".




"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.

The pair also discussed migration, Brexit and the movement of goods and citizens across the border, climate change, free trade, Irish inward investment in the USA and the undocumented Irish, or illegal Irish immigrants, in the US.

The Irish Independent reported that no press was in attendance at the Irish end of the call.

President Trump will take the call in the Oval Office.

Mr. Varadkar said that he will raise issues such as climate change, LGBT rights, and immigrant rights on a future USA visit.

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