Varadkar to have phone call with Trump

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will speak to POTUS Donald Trump today

In his first telephone conversation with the new Irish prime minister, President Donald Trump told the Irish leader that he knows numerous Irish in America and he feels like he knows all of them.

The call is set to come in around 4pm today.

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

The call comes as the POTUS has been given the green light to introduce his travel ban.

"We have so many people from Ireland in this country - I know so many of them, I feel like I know all of them".

The ban has been reinstated until autumn.

Donald Trump congratulated Mr Varadkar on his appointment, and has invited him to attend the annual St Patrick's Day events in Washington next March.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, talks with new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar during a telephone call, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Before speaking with the Taoiseach, Mr Trump will also have a call with new French President Emmanuel Macron.

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However, Independent.ie understands that there was no mention of the invitation issued by Enda Kenny for Mr Trump to visit Ireland.

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

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

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

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.

"I wouldn't [invite Trump]", he said.

Mr. Varadkar told RTE last February, that he "wouldn't be keen" on inviting Donald Trump to visit Ireland.

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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