Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

Donald Trump to visit Ireland later this year

Donald Trump to visit Ireland later this year

DONALD TRUMP has said he is surprised at the way Brexit has been handled - and blamed Theresa May for ignoring his advice. "I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people who won, who say, 'What do you mean you're going to take another vote?' That will be tough".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned Britain's handling of the Brexit while voicing his anticipation of a big trade deal with the country in the future.

"I think it'll be a few years until the United Kingdom sorts itself out", predicted Varadkar.

He lamented that the country is "being ripped apart" because of a long-standing political crisis that gripped the government and parliament. "Maybe I shouldn't let you do it, I'll just get you in trouble".

"Most important thing for us in Ireland is that their decision to leave shouldn't cause problems in Northern Ireland where people voted to stay", he said.

The Taoiseach referred to Mr Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan and said that while the USA had military might and a booming economy, they shouldn't lose sight of what makes America great already - its people and its values.

MPs have rejected May's withdrawal agreement by huge margins twice and will next vote on delaying Brexit on Thursday night.

Speaking on Thursday, Trump then took aim at the possibility of a second referendum on leaving the European Union, which he deemed "unfair" on those who had campaigned successfully for Brexit in 2016.

In a tweet, Varadkar said it was "great to be back here for a really warm reception".

Pence called Varadkar's remarks at Thursday's breakfast "inspiring words".

Pence glossed over the Brexit disagreement as he welcomed Varadkar for the breakfast, and grew nostalgic as he recounted his grandfather's emigration from Ireland and his own affection for the country. Pence got the pronunciation right - "TEE-shuck" - and said he, too, plans a trip to Ireland shortly.

Of his Irish grandfather, VP Pence said: "He was proud of being American but I can still hear that Irish brogue".

"We talked about Brexit, something that is turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be".

"But it will all work out, everything does, one way or the other".

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