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DUP seeks Biden apology over orange quip


Joe Biden. Photo: Getty

Joe Biden. Photo: Getty

Joe Biden. Photo: Getty

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) last night called on US Vice-President Joe Biden to apologise over his "orange" gaffe.

DUP MP William McCrea said Mr Biden (inset) should say sorry over comments made as he welcomed Taoiseach Enda Kenny to a St Patrick's Day breakfast in Washington DC.

"If you're wearing orange, you're not welcome in here . . . only joking," Mr Biden said as Mr Kenny and his wife Fionnuala arrived to the event which was covered by waiting media.

Calling for an apology, Mr McCrea said: "I appreciate the vice-president later said his 'orange' remark was a joke. I don't see it as humorous in the manner it was said. When Northern Ireland is making such an effort to make St Patrick's Day an inclusive celebration, Joe Biden's comments were disgraceful and careless."

The DUP MP said Mr Biden should "apologise for his remarks and take corrective action to prove in a practical way that people who are from a Protestant background are welcome in the White House".

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