Trump holds first talks with Ireland's new prime minister
Jun 28 2017
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Trump congratulated Varadkar on his "great victory" during the conversation.
"We have a lot of your Irish press watching us", Trump said of the reporters in the Oval Office during the call.
Members of the media were present in the Oval Office for the beginning of their first conversation, and Mr Trump made the unusual move of inviting RTÉ correspondent Caitriona Perry to say hello to Mr Varadkar.
The Taoiseach said numerous illegal Irish in the USA had originally travelled on legitimate documentation but for a variety of reasons now needed to regularise their situation.
The President asked for an update on the Northern Ireland peace process and the situation regarding border controls between the North and the Republic.
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.
The Taoiseach also held a call with the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, this afternoon in which they discussed the ongoing efforts to restore the Executive in Northern Ireland ahead of Thursday's deadline, and the supply and confidence agreement between the Conservative Party and the DUP.
"I will absolutely include in those meetings discussions of the issues...whether it is climate change, human rights, LGBT rights, and the need to respect Muslim people, whether they are citizens of our country, or another country".