Trump Congratulates Ireland's First Gay Prime Minister
- Author: Michelle Webb Jun 28, 2017,
Jun 28, 2017, 1:40
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 Trump said: "We have so many people from Ireland in this country".
But he has been criticized by opposition parties for his more conservative views on economic issues.
Mr. Varadkar's predecessor, Enda Kenny, invited President Trump to visit Ireland during his White House St. Patrick's Day visit in March of this year.
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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken to President Trump for the first time since taking office.
Both leaders discussed the undocumented Irish, migration, Brexit and the movement of goods and citizens across the border, climate change, free trade, and Irish inward investment in the US. I know so many of them, too.
The President asked for an update on the Northern Ireland peace process and the situation regarding border controls between the North and the Republic.
While there was no specific mention or congratulatory remark on Varadkar being the first gay Prime Minister, the call does represent a positive step forward in Trump's attitudes toward the LGBTQ community and his position with global nations at large.
"I will not, of course, rescind that invitation", he said, adding that to do so would be "inappropriate" and would create a "diplomatic incident". However, he said no progress had been made in organising the visit and there was no timeline in place.