Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump warns Taoiseach of European Union tariff war

Trump warns Taoiseach of European Union tariff war

He also said his administration will negotiate a new "America first" deal with the European Union or the bloc will face tariffs.

Leo Varadkar told Tom Donohue, head of the United States chamber of commerce, during his St Patrick's visit to Washington that Britain would be welcomed back into the European Union "with open arms".

After he met Pence at his home past year, Varadkar told Irish reporters that the two discussed LGBT issues and that the vice-president told the Irish leader that his partner would be welcome at his home. "It's tearing a country apart", said Trump, who has cheered from the sidelines for Brexit and the populist and nationalist British politicians who have championed it.

At the event, President Trump described Irish people as inspiring, sharp, and smart, but brutal enemies you have to keep as your friends. "I regret that Brexit's happening". "There is every expectation in Washington that a U.S. -U.K. trade deal could be in place by the end of 2019 if Brexit goes forward this month and Britain successfully leaves the Customs Union".

Parliament will vote later Thursday on whether to extend the March 29 deadline for a deal.

British lawmakers voted Thursday not to seek a do-over vote, at least for now.

"She's got to do what she's got to do but I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly. I hate to see everything being ripped apart right now".


The exchange of views Trump is referring to took place in a meeting last summer, with May later saying that his advice was to sue the EU.

"I think it'll be a few years until the United Kingdom sorts itself out", predicted Varadkar. "There is very deep-seated animosity within the Irish government to Brexit".

Varadkar is one of only a handful of openly gay world leaders.

On Wednesday, the Taoiseach said of partner Dr. Matt Barrett: "he was able to get time off work and make the journey so he'll be taking up the invitation from Mike and Karen Pence to attend tomorrow".

"The United States and the Republic of Ireland have such close ties that it's unlikely that anything permanently damaging would happen", McMahon said. He said: "If they don't talk to us, we're going to do something pretty severe economically".

Brexit won't spoil the relationship, even given Trump's history of turning on leaders who cross him, said Marquette University historian Timothy G. McMahon, president of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

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