Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to speak to Trump by phone today

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to speak to Trump by phone today

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR is set to hold his first phone call with US President Donald Trump this afternoon.

"So I bet she treats you well", Trump reportedly said to Varadkar about Caitriona Perry, the Washington correspondent for Irish state broadcaster Raidio Teilifis Eireann (RTE), according to The Hill.

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

During the 15-minute conversation, Trump and Varadkar, who were speaking for the first time, also delved into topics like Brexit and climate change (let's hope he convinced Trump of its existence).

"I just want to congratulate you".

The Irish Independent reported that no press was in attendance at the Irish end of the call.

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The 38-year-old Varadkar, who was born in Dublin to an Indian immigrant father and an Irish mother, is seen as progressive on social issues such as gender equality and abortion rights.

When asked during a Leaders' Questions session last week if he would rescind the invitation, he said he would not.

"I will not, of course, rescind that invitation", he said, adding that to do so would be "inappropriate" and would create a "diplomatic incident".

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

According to a note of the conversation, they agreed to continue strong co-operation between Ireland and the U.S. on economic issues as well as shared cultural and family ties.

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