Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, during a visit to Washington to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, urged US President Donald Trump to help Irish people living in the US illegally, saying they just want to “make America great”.
As reported by The Associated Press (AP), Kenny spoke at a luncheon at the US Capitol on March 16. And after meeting with Trump, Kenny told reporters that they discussed immigration, trade and the Irish economy.
Trump welcomed Kenny to the White House, proclaiming his love for Ireland. At the luncheon, he called Kenny a “new friend” and quoted an Irish proverb to remember friends that “have stuck by you.” Trump added: “politically speaking, a lot of us know that.”
Kenny said that during the meeting, he sought to impress upon Trump the difficulties Ireland will face as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Trump supported the British vote to leave the 28-country bloc, saying earlier this year that leaving would “end up being a great thing.”
Asked whether they discussed Trump’s second attempt to ban refugees and people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, Kenny replied that they discussed in a “very constructive fashion the relationship between Ireland and the United States.”
Kenny, who was critical of some of Trump’s campaign rhetoric, described their meeting as a “good, friendly, constructive engagement.”
After the meeting and luncheon, Kenny was returning to the White House later on March 16 for a St. Patrick’s Day reception.