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Pence hosts Irish prime minister and his partner at Naval Observatory

Pence hosts Irish prime minister and his partner at Naval Observatory

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was "surprised at how badly" Brexit has gone and that UK Prime Minister Theresa May ignored his advice on how to better handle negotiations.

Mr Trump made the comments during a press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office yesterday.

"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 hate to see everything being ripped apart right now".

Asked if Brexit is likely to be delayed, Mr Trump said: "I think they are probably going to have to do something because right now they are in the midst of a very short period of time - the end of the month - and they are not going to be able to do that".

Arlene Foster met US President Donald Trump at a St Patrick's Day celebrations lunch in Washington on Thursday.

Ahead of that make or break moment, U.S. president Trump gave his take on how well things are going.

In his speech to mark the presentation of the shamrock bowl to Mr Trump and his wife Melania, Mr Varadkar reflected on America's history, its economic bonds with Ireland, and inspiring figures who have changed the world.

He also said another vote on Brexit would be unfair, and reiterated that he would like to see a US trade deal with the United Kingdom after it leaves the EU.

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Following meetings with businesses leaders, community leaders and members of the Irish diaspora, Mr Varadkar addressed an audience on Wednesday as part of his engagements in the USA capital. "I predicted it was going to happen", he said.

Just ahead of Saint Patrick's Day, Ireland's openly gay prime minister Leo Varadkar and his boyfriend had brunch with the one and only Mike Pence.

He said it is the UK's decision and the most important thing for Ireland is to avoid a hard border and protect the Northern Ireland peace process.

Mr Trump has said he will be visiting the Republic of Ireland at some point this year.

For Irish leaders, even a modern figure such as the young, gay, mixed-race Varadkar, the event reinforces historical bonds that translate to tourism, business partnerships and other boons of shared history and language.

"I don't think it's something that's imminent but the president was very interested to know how it would work and what the benefits might be".

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has said that he is not judged by his sexual orientation but by his political actions.


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