Donald Trump congratulates Leo Varadkar on his 'great victory'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to have first phone call with Trump today

President Donald Trump appeared to flirt with a female reporter during a call with the Irish Prime Minster Leo Varadkar Tuesday.

"I feel I know all of them", Trump said in a telephone conversation with the new prime minister, Leo Varadkar.

Trump said: "We have so many people from Ireland in this country". The White House said later that Trump invited Varadkar to visit for St. Patrick's Day next year.

Mr. Trump also congratulated the taoiseach on his recent "great victory".

"Congratulations on your great victory", Trump said to the Taoiseach. Trump said turning to Perry before the call according to a video posted by RTE.

"I just want to congratulate you".


Reporters in the Oval Office said Mr Varadkar kept the United States president waiting on the phone for around 90 seconds before answering.

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

The call took place at 11.15 a.m.in Washington, 4.15 p.m.in Dublin.

The Taoiseach also spoke to UK Prime Minister Theresa May this evening to discuss the ongoing talks aimed at restoring the power-sharing Executive in Northern Ireland. "It would be inappropriate and create a diplomatic incident if I was to rescind an invitation once made but no progress has been made in organising such a visit, for which there is no timeline", he said.

No indication has been given as to what the two leaders will talk about this afternoon, or whether a visit will be discussed.

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