Trump invites Ireland's new leader to WH for St

Trump invites Ireland's new leader to WH for St

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is set to hold his first official phone call with US President Donald Trump later today.

Trump was calling Varadkar to congratulate him on the "great victory" in the recent election. A small group of journalists was allowed to witness the start of the talks - an unusual allowance by the White House.

However, Independent.ie understands that there was no mention of the invitation issued by Enda Kenny for Mr Trump to visit Ireland.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Mr. Trump stated: "Congratulations on your great victory". I know so many of them, too.

"I totally reject and oppose President Trump's attempt to withdraw the United States from the commitments made in Paris", he said, in reference to the accord struck in 2016.

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The planned trip, scheduled to take place during his presidency, sparked much criticism from Opposition parties in Dublin.

Other topics discussed included migration, Brexit, climate change, free trade, Irish inward investment in the U.S., and the undocumented Irish.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken to President Trump for the first time since taking office.

Mr. Trump was interested in discussing the peace process and the border post-Brexit, the taoiseach's spokesperson said.

They discussed the supply and confidence agreement between the Conservatives and the DUP as well. As of yet, however, there has been no transatlantic discussion on such a presidential visit and there was no talk about such a visit during Tuesday's phone exchange.

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