Ireland's leader pushes Trump on illegal Irish immigrants
"Good, friendly, constructive engagement".
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is urging President Donald Trump to help Irish people living in the U.S. illegally, saying they just want to "make America great." Kenny spoke at a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday as part of a series of events celebrating St. Patrick's Day, including a one-on-one meeting with Trump at the White House. Kenny told reporters after the morning meeting that he and Trump discussed immigration, trade and the Irish economy. Trump welcomed Kenny to the White House, proclaiming his love for Ireland. At the luncheon, he called Kenny a "new friend" and quoted an Irish proverb to remember friends that "have stuck by you." Trump added: "politically speaking, a lot of us know that." Kenny said that during the meeting, he sought to impress upon Trump the difficulties Ireland will face as a result of Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Trump supported the British vote to leave the 28-country bloc, saying earlier this year that leaving would "end up being a great thing." Asked whether they discussed Trump's second attempt to ban refugees and people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., Kenny replied that they discussed in a "very constructive fashion the relationship between Ireland and the United States." Kenny, who was critical of some of Trump's campaign rhetoric, described their meeting as a "good, friendly, constructive engagement."
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