Thursday 19 July 2018

Donald Trump wore shamrocks for the Irish Taoiseach’s visit and Twitter is getting all kinds of confused

Coriander? Watercress? No, it’s shamrocks.

(Niall Carson/PA)
(Niall Carson/PA)

By Taylor Heyman

Donald Trump has been pictured wearing shamrocks in his top pocket in honour of Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s visit.

With St Patrick’s Day approaching on Saturday, Varadkar visited various US lawmakers and sites. On Thursday, he met with 46th US president, Donald Trump at the White House.

In this meeting Trump revealed he is planning a visit to the country, although a date has not been set.

( Niall Carson/PA)

Many issues were on the agenda, but some online were distracted by the topiary in Donald Trump’s top pocket, taking screenshots from the news to question what it was.

Wearing shamrocks to celebrate the visit of an Irish premier or the country’s national day isn’t so unusual. The shamrock is a clover-like plant which is used as the national emblem of Ireland.

Here’s Ireland’s last taoiseach, Enda Kenny, handing over a bowl of shamrocks at the Shamrock Presentation Ceremony in 2017. If you look carefully, he has shamrocks in his pocket.

( Niall Carson/PA)

Other Twitter users felt the photos needed the meme treatment.

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