Sunday 25 June 2017

Taoiseach Enda Kenny's meeting with President Trump 'very constructive and very engaging'

Speakers Lunch Capitol Hill Washington. Speaker Paul Ryan, US president Donal Trump, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Congressman Peter King. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Speakers Lunch Capitol Hill Washington. Speaker Paul Ryan, US president Donal Trump, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Congressman Peter King. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Enda Kenny at the White House. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)

Jason O'Brien and Kevin Doyle in Washington

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described his meeting with Donald Trump as "very constructive and very engaging".

He said they discussed issues relating to Ireland, the US and Brexit at a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office.

Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time

Mr Kenny also gave a "detailed account of the Northern Ireland elections" during their first meeting.

The President asked a number questions about what a border between the North and the Republic had meant in the past.

Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)

Mr Kenny also described Ireland as a "microcosm" of Europe that had made really difficult decisions in recent years, and Mr Trump was "very complementary of the people of Ireland" for their role in the economic recovery.

A large part of the talks were taken up by immigration issues with Mr Trump expressing surprise that there are only 50,000 undocumented Irish in the US.

However, the issue of taxation was not discussed despite the proposed lowering of corporate tax in the US causing serious concern in Ireland during Trump's campaign and early days in office.

At the end of meeting both politicians agreed to continue "friendly, constructive engagement".

Mr Kenny said he told the President that in Ireland "invitations are always returned"

Mr Trump indicated he will come to Ireland during his presidency.

Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)

The Taoiseach will later be guest at Speaker Paul Ryan's traditional St Patrick's lunch on Capitol Hill.

Earlier today Mr Kenny and and his wife Fionnuala were hosted by Mr Pence and his wife Karen at their home for breakfast.

Speakers Lunch Capitol Hill Washington. Speaker Paul Ryan, US president Donal Trump, Congressman Peter King and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Speakers Lunch Capitol Hill Washington. Speaker Paul Ryan, US president Donal Trump, Congressman Peter King and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny speaking at a breakfast hosted by US VP Mike Pence
Enda Kenny speaking at a breakfast hosted by US VP Mike Pence
Enda Kenny and US VP Mike Pence
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala arrive at US VP Mike Pence's home
Ireland Funds Dinner, Washington Museum. Taoiseach Enda Kenny, US Vice President Mike Pence and John Fitzpatrick. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Ireland Funds Dinner, Washington Museum. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US Vice President Mike Pence. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Ireland Funds Dinner, Washington Museum. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US Vice President Mike Pence. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Taoiseach Enda Kenny delivers his speech at the Ireland Funds Dinner, Washington Museum. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Enda Kenny speaks at the Ireland Funds Dinner, Washington Museum. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Ireland Funds Dinner, Washington Museum. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US Vice President Mike Pence. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Enda Kenny speaks at the Ireland Funds Dinner, Washington Museum. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Preparations for Taoiseach Enda Kenny's visit (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Preparations for Taoiseach Enda Kenny's visit (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets US President Donald Trump at the White House (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets US President Donald Trump at the White House (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets US President Donald Trump at the White House (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets US President Donald Trump at the White House (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets US President Donald Trump at the White House (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets US President Donald Trump at the White House (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets US President Donald Trump at the White House (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Speakers Lunch Capitol Hill Washington. US president Donald Trump delivers his speech. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Speakers Lunch Capitol Hill Washington. Taoiseach Enda Kenny delivers his speech. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Speakers Lunch Capitol Hill Washington. US president Donald Trump delivers his speech. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with US President Donald Trump at the White House
Speakers Lunch Capitol Hill Washington. Speaker Paul Ryan, US president Donal Trump, Congressman Peter King and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Enda Kenny meets with President Trump for the first time (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets US President Donald Trump at the White House (Photo: Gerry Mooney)

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