LEO VARADKAR has said that he will invite US President Donald Trump to Ireland when he meets with him in Washington tomorrow.
According to Independent.ie, the Taoiseach also said that he will congratulate the President on emulating Ireland’s tax system.
He made the announcement this afternoon at a Good Friday Agreement 20th anniversary event.
In February of last year, Varadkar said that he would not invite Mr Trump to Ireland if it was his decision and that he wasn’t sure what purpose an invite would serve.
Speaking in Washington today, the Irish leader said: “The invitation that Taoiseach Enda Kenny made to Donald Trump last year stands.
“Donald Trump has invited me to Washington DC. He has invited me to his house and I think it is just normal hospitality that when someone invites you to their house and their country that you reciprocate the invitation.
“I’m not into golf so I won’t be playing golf with him if he comes to Doonbeg but perhaps it will be an opportunity for him to potentially visit some of the Irish companies that invest in the US.
He also indicated that he felt the US President would be interested in visiting the border region having spoke to him about it during a brief phone call shortly after Mr Varadkar became Taoiseach.
“I know that’s something he expressed an interest in when we spoke on the phone some months ago. He was very interested in that.”
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says an invitation for US President Donald Trump to visit Ireland 'still stands' pic.twitter.com/0FbwV1RPNt
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 14, 2018
The Taoiseach said there has been no indication from the White House yet on whether or not Mr Trump plans to take up the existing offer.
As you can imagine, the good people of Twitter have been reacting to the news of the imminent invitation.
Is this true about Varadkar inviting Trump to Ireland? As if I wasn’t angry enough already!!!
— Man Utd Liv (@alldaylongjeff) March 14, 2018
Does Varadkar realised we don't want trump here?
— Emily (@EmilyPower4) March 14, 2018
Shocking that Varadkar thinks it is ok to invite the man that even, Enda Kenny had to agree was "dangerous". Varadkar should not be encouraging and facilitating this man's racist, sexist, anti climate change drivel. https://t.co/BqC0y3BTW6
— Richard Boyd Barrett (@RBoydBarrett) March 14, 2018
— Minister of i🍎 &🚬 (@geraghty040) March 14, 2018
He better not come near Finglas :) Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: I will invite Donald Trump to visit Ireland https://t.co/v0l854vNeL
— Steve Wrenn (@SteveWrenn) March 14, 2018