Friday 21 July 2017

'I didn't mean to leave Trump hanging for 90 seconds' - Leo

US President Donald Trump waits to speak on the phone with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to congratulate him on his recent election victory. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
US President Donald Trump waits to speak on the phone with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to congratulate him on his recent election victory. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it was never his intention to leave US President Donald Trump hanging on the phone for 90 seconds.

Mr Trump was filmed by journalists at his desk in the Oval Office waiting for the new Taoiseach to pick up his scheduled call on Tuesday.

The president was phoning Mr Varadkar to congratulate him on his "great victory" in becoming Ireland's youngest ever leader.

Asked about the delay, Mr Varadkar said: "There's no significance to the 90-second delay. That was just a delay in putting the call through to me. I've seen some of the coverage of that but there's no particular significance."

Despite some criticism from Opposition TDs, the Taoiseach said he was "very happy" to take the call, which lasted about 15 minutes.

"He was very interested in Brexit, very interested in the consequences for Ireland," Mr Varadkar said.

Mr Trump invited him to Washington for next year's St Patrick's Day celebrations at the White House.

Irish Independent

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