Thursday 20 June 2019

I would have voted for Hillary in 2016 election - Varadkar

Leo Varadkar indicated that he would have supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election
Leo Varadkar indicated that he would have supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election

Cormac McQuinn and Eilis Ryan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he wouldn't vote for Donald Trump if he was eligible to cast a ballot in US elections.

He also indicated that he would have supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election that saw the controversial US billionaire enter the White House. Mr Varadkar made the remarks in an interview at the weekend ahead of a possible visit to Ireland by Mr Trump.

The Taoiseach was asked by the 'Sunday World' if he would vote for Mr Trump in an election if he was able to do so.

Mr Varadkar replied: "I don't think so, no." Asked if he would have voted for Ms Clinton he said: "If I had a vote, yeah."

He added: "I certainly would have voted for Obama, but that's kind of easy for me to say when you don't live there."

Asked again last night if his remarks would offend the notoriously thin-skinned US president, the Taoiseach said: "I don't have a vote in the American elections."

Mr Varadkar brought his partner, Dr Matt Barrett, with him on his visit to the White House in March. He also raised LGBT rights at a breakfast with US Vice President Mike Pence, who has conservative views on the issue.

In the interview, Mr Varadkar was also asked if he had any plans to get married. Mr Varadkar said: "I'm not ruling it out but I haven't given it much consideration."

On whether he would want to raise children, he said: "I don't know how I'd find time for family. I admire people who have families, because I just don't know how to juggle working a career and a family as well."

Irish Independent

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