Trump and Irish PM talk migration, Brexit in phone call

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar held a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump in which he discussed migration and Britain's exit from the European Union, the Irish government said in a statement on Tuesday.

The President allowed members of the media to witness the first part of the call and photographs from the Oval Office show the US President seated behind the Resolute Desk while speaking to Mr Varadkar. I know so many of them, I feel I know all of them.

Trump congratulated Varadkar on his "great victory" during the conversation.

Donald Trump and Irish premier Leo Varadkar say they are both looking forward to meeting in person next March in Washington.

The call, according to RTE, lasted ten to fifteen minutes and was described by a spokesperson for Mr. Varadkar as "a wide-ranging call" which was "fruitful".

Mr. Varadkar raised the case of the undocumented Irish in the US and there was a discussion on climate change and trade.

The Taoiseach said numerous illegal Irish in the U.S. had originally travelled on legitimate documentation but for a variety of reasons now needed to regularise their situation.

However, a visit by Trump to Ireland was not brought up during this conversation, despite Kenny extending the invitation during his visit.

They also discussed the Northern Ireland peace process. However, he said no progress had been made in organising the visit and there was no timeline in place.


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