President Donald Trump meets Arlene Foster in Washington
Mar 17 2019
Theresa May has earned another critic in her handling of Brexit, as if she didn't have enough, with Donald Trump condemning the prime minister for refusing to listen to his ideas on how to negotiate with the European Union.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the South Portico as he arrives at the White House on Thursday.
"I lived in a country where if I'd tried to be myself at the time, it would have ended up breaking laws", the Irish prime minister said.
"I will tell you, I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he met Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. "I hate to see everything being ripped apart right now".
When Mr Trump was asked about it by USA reporters, he turned to Mr Varadkar and said: "We have a border situation also".
The meeting comes on the second day of Mr Varadkar's St Patrick's Day tour in the U.S. capital.
"If they don't talk to us we're going to do something that's very severe economically", Trump said.
While speaking to the press, Trump mentioned his property in Doonbeg, Clare and said that he plans on visiting Ireland.
He said he would like to see the "whole situation with Brexit work out", adding "we are talking with them about trade and we can do a very big trade deal with the UK".
The US president initially supported Brexit, saying that Britain would be "better off" outside the European Union, particularly due to gaining freedom from the EU's immigration policy. "I regret that Brexit's happening and the United Kingdom was a really important part of the European Union".
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.
Meanwhile, Trump claimed that the United States "will stay right in our lane". "But I think it could've been negotiated in a different manner, frankly", he said.
Mr Varadkar is Ireland's first openly gay leader and one of very few openly gay national leaders in the world.
Pence tweeted that he was honored to host Varadkar at his home.
Last night, he presented the US President, Donald Trump, with the traditional bowl of shamrock in a ceremony at the White House.
Irish premier Leo Varadkar has said that he is not judged by his sexual orientation but by his political actions.