Thursday February 20, 2020

Varadkar makes it through the White House minefield

The Taoiseach’s second St Patrick’s Day visit to the US went as well as could have been expected as he negotiated a tricky meeting with the president, had breakfast with a renowned homophobe and avoided making any gaffes of his own

17th March, 2019
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents a bowl of shamrocks to US president Donald Trump in the White House last week as US first lady Melania Trump looks onGetty

As the wheels went up on the plane that ferried the Taoiseach back to Ireland, he must have breathed an enormous sigh of relief. His second St Patrick’s Day visit to the US was significantly less turbulent than his maiden voyage.

This year’s visit suggested a US-Irish relationship in transition, an economically sound Ireland secure in its place at the heart of the EU had sloughed off the skin of the supplicant....

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