Monday, 25 March, 2019

Pence hosts Irish prime minister and his partner at Naval Observatory

Trump says Europe is 'being ripped apart' by Brexit Trump Jumps Again Into Brexit Debate
Kenny Thornton | 16 March, 2019, 19:58

Mr Trump added: "I know many Irish people and they are inspiring, they're sharp, they're smart, they're great and they are brutal enemies so you have to keep them as your friend".

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was "surprised at how badly" the Brexit negotiations have gone.

United States president Donald Trump has said that he will visit Ireland this year.

"I lived in a country where if I'd tried to be myself at the time, it would have ended up breaking laws", Leo Varadkar said, according to the Post.

Trump, who met May last summer at Blenheim Palace, England, said he had given her his ideas on how to handle the negotiation on Britain's break from the European Union but that she had not taken his advice.

At the event today with Trump at the White House, the focus was very much on Irish-American relations (with a few classic-Trump tangents).

Mr Trump described the relationship between the two countries as "strong and resilient" during an event in Washington DC attended by Irish and Northern Ireland politicians. Earlier Mr Trump said he and Mr Varadkar are becoming "fast friends" and he said the Taoiseach is a "very popular man doing a wonderful job".

Defending champion Osaka progresses at Indian Wells
The world number one was immediately on the back foot in her fourth-round match, as Bencic raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set. Osaka said the first title defense of her career had brought different challenges, and she thought she handled them well.

Asked whether he thinks the United Kingdom should push back its exit date, Trump said: "I think they're probably going to have to do something, because right now they're in the midst of a very short period of time - the end of the month - and they're not going to be able to do that".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar brought his partner, Matthew Barrett, with him to breakfast with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday.

At the Capitol Hill lunch hosted by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Mr Varadkar avoided remarks similar to his infamous windfarm gaffe a year ago. "Maybe I shouldn't let you do it, I'll just get you in trouble".

It was potentially the thorniest meeting in Mr Varadkar's packed Washington schedule but it passed off well, with Mr Pence promising to visit Ireland with his mother Nancy to see their ancestral home.

In a tweet, Varadkar said it was "great to be back here for a really warm reception". "One way or the other it's going to work out".

Of his Irish grandfather, VP Pence said: "He was proud of being American but I can still hear that Irish brogue".

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