Trump holds first talks with Ireland's new prime minister

Posted June 28, 2017

New Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will have his first official phone call with US President Donald Trump today.

An Irish government spokesperson confirmed the planned call, adding that Varadkar had held phone calls with a number of other worldwide leaders since his appointment two weeks ago - including French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Donald Trump and Irish premier Leo Varadkar say they are both looking forward to meeting in person next March in Washington.

US President Donald Trump congratulated Varadkar on his "great victory".

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"Congratulations on your great victory", Trump said to the Taoiseach.

"I totally reject and oppose President Trump's attempt to withdraw the United States from the commitments made in Paris", he said, in reference to the accord struck in 2016.

"I just want to congratulate you".

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President Trump is due to take the call from the Oval Office.

The 38-year-old Varadkar, who was born in Dublin to an Indian immigrant father and an Irish mother, is seen as progressive on social issues such as gender equality and abortion rights.

No indication has been given as to what the two leaders will talk about this afternoon, or whether a visit will be discussed.

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