Trump invites Ireland's new leader to WH for St. Pat's Day

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will speak to POTUS Donald Trump today

USA president Donald Trump congratulated Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on his "great victory" during a phone call from the White House on Tuesday.

Trump congratulated Varadkar on his "great victory".

"We have so many people from Ireland in this country", Trump remarked during the calI.

But he has been criticized by opposition parties for his more conservative views on economic issues. They ended on a positive note, with Trump inviting the young Taoiseach to the White House for St. Patrick's Day next year.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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

Victory in an electoral college system is something Trump understands.

"But I just wanted to congratulate you; that was a great victory that you had".

During an "introductory" phonecall this evening, Mr Trump said he looked forward to meeting the new Taoiseach in Washington next March.

The "introductory" phone call between the two took place on Tuesday.

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

The President asked for an update on the Northern Ireland peace process and the situation regarding border controls between the North and the Republic.

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

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