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Trump questions Britain's handling of Brexit, eyes bilateral trade deal

17 March 2019

President Donald Trump meets with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Washington.

Vice President Mike Pence hosted Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his same-sex partner at the Naval Observatory for the Friends of Ireland breakfast on Thursday.

"It's a very complex thing right now, it's tearing a country apart, it's actually tearing a lot of countries apart and it's a shame it has to be that way but I think we will stay right in our lane", Mr Trump said.

Asked by a reporter if he believes there should be a second public referendum on Brexit in Britain, Trump replied he does not think that would be possible and it would be "unfair to the people who won". "And with the help of the administration, we were able to save those jobs, so thank you very much for that".

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Mr Pence said that the U.S. stands with Ireland as the United Kingdom continues to work through Brexit issues.

Following meetings with businesses leaders, community leaders and members of the Irish diaspora, Mr Varadkar addressed an audience on Wednesday as part of his engagements in the United States capital.

"So, whatever happens in the coming months, we are sure about our place in the world, we know where we are going and, as a country, we are confident about the future".

Trump, during the traditional St. Patrick's Day seasonal meeting here between the leaders of the United States and Ireland, then turned to Varadkar, offering him an opportunity to speak about Brexit.

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"I'm not going to comment on Brexit".

"We shouldn't have a hard border or anything to obstruct the peace process".

Mr Varadkar is Ireland's first openly gay leader and one of very few openly gay national leaders in the world.

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.

Government sources confirmed that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been told that congressman Richard Neale will reintroduce the E3 scheme and has said so to senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. Trump gave it a try, too, and got pretty close, at the final theatrical rite of the Irish visit - the presentation of a crystal bowl of shamrocks.

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Trump questions Britain's handling of Brexit, eyes bilateral trade deal