Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Trump holds first talks with Ireland's new prime minister

Trump holds first talks with Ireland's new prime minister

President Donald Trump had his first telephone conversation with Ireland's new prime minister, Leo Varadkar.

"Promptly we were removed from the Oval Office so that the president and the Taoiseach could get on with the substance of the phonecall", she told RTÉ radio afterwards.

"Congratulations on your great victory", Trump said to the Taoiseach.

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Trump congratulated Varadkar on his "great victory" and said he feels like he knows all the Irish people in America.

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

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

The planned trip, scheduled to take place during his presidency, sparked much criticism from Opposition parties in Dublin.

The Taoiseach also spoke to UK Prime Minister Theresa May this evening to discuss the ongoing talks aimed at restoring the power-sharing Executive in Northern Ireland.

However, understands that there was no mention of the invitation issued by Enda Kenny for Mr Trump to visit Ireland.

Mr. Varadkar will have his chance next March and before then if President Trump visits Ireland.

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