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Donald Trump Calls Enda Kenny "My New Friend"

Donald Trump Calls Enda Kenny

At the annual St. Patrick's Day luncheon in the US Capitol, President Trump honored his "new friend", Irish premier Enda Kenny.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Trump posed for photos before continuing their meeting in the Oval Office.

'I love Ireland', Trump said during the brief session.

Among the attendees will be US Vice President Mike Pence and former US senator George Mitchell. "And that's what people want". 'I really love Ireland, he said, promising, 'I'll be back'. Another 34.5 million Americans say they have Irish blood.

Mr. Kenny also hailed those who continue to work for reconciliation in Northern Ireland, name-checking lunch guests Democratic Unionist MP Ian Paisley jnr and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. Enda Kenny immediately tested that friendship as he raised the issue of legal immigration paths for Irish citizens as well as the situation of undocumented migrants living in the US.

Speaking in response to Trump's meeting with the Taoiseach at the White House today, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: "Our message in response to Trump's remarks today are clear: you are not welcome here".

"I just saw the President of the United States read from his script. entirely".

The Taoiseach also met the head of the Homeland Security, John Kelly, who has been at the forefront of implementing Mr. Trump's controversial clamp-down on immigration.

As events in Washington are watched closely everywhere in Ireland, on can only assume that there will be many in Donegal, and nationally, who will have very mixed views on any visit such is the depth of feeling for and against Mr. Trump.

An estimated 50,000 of the United States' illegal immigrant population is from Ireland.

Neither man made any reference to Kenny's warning during the U.S. presidential election campaign that Trump's language was "racist" and "dangerous".


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