Kenny meets Obama at White House
Published 14/03/2014 | 16:47
The two leaders, who met in the Oval Office, used the opportunity to discuss the situation in Ukraine, with Mr Obama saying he still hopes for a diplomatic solution but warning Russia anew that it will face consequences if Ukraine's sovereignty is violated.
As part of their meeting, the pair exchanged shamrocks in a custom started under President Harry Truman.
Earlier, Mr Kenny enjoyed a breakfast of eggs, potatoes and Irish soda bread with vice-president Joe Biden, who has an Irish background, at his official residence.
Later, the leaders plan to attend the annual St Patrick's Day lunch at the Capitol before a reception hosted by the Obamas back at the White House.