Trump congratulates Ireland’s first out gay Prime Minister for ‘great victory’
Donald Trump has congratulated Ireland’s first out gay Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on his “great victory”.
Speaking to the new Taoiseach this evening, the US President also invited the youngest Prime Minister in Ireland’s history to the White House for next St Patrick’s Day.
The “introductory” phone call between the two took place on Tuesday.
— Caitriona Perry (@CaitrionaPerry) June 27, 2017
Varadkar was earlier this month named as the country’s new Prime Minister after winning a leadership contest.
The country, which was once known for its strong Catholic values, has made a lot of progress on LGBT rights in the past few years.
Trump made the phone call with media present and was photographed behind his desk in the Oval Office.
An invitation for Trump to visit Ireland, extended by Varadkar’s predecessor Enda Kenny was not mentioned during the call, it is understood.
According to reports the pair spoke for fifteen minutes and discussed issues ranging from Brexit to climate change.
Trump said: “We have so many people from Ireland in this country. I know so many of them, I feel I know all of them.”
Mr Varadkar will become only the fourth openly gay head of government in recent global history.
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