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Trump meeting today: Live stream as President Trump meets with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at White House today – live updates

President Trump is meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House Thursday. 

Mr. Trump commented on an array of things in the Oval Office Wednesday alongside Varadkar, including the newly announced Democratic presidential contender Beto O’Rourke. Mr. Trump said he has a lot of hand movements. Mr. Trump also commented on Brexit, and said things are difficult with the European Union. The St. Patrick’s Day week visit comes after British lawmakers voted against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposal. Mr. Trump, asked about Brexit, said the issue is “tearing countries apart” and he was surprised “how badly” things have done. 

“I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner,” he told reporters. 

Varadkar had breakfast with Pence earlier in the day. Varadkar, openly gay and the biracial son of an Indian immigrant, took office in 2017. During the breakfast with Pence, Varadkar said, “I stand here leader of my country flawed and human but judged by my political actions and not by my sexual orientation” or anything else. 

The Trump-Varadkar meeting comes after Mr. Trump announced the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max planes, and as he waits for the Senate to, in all likelihood, vote for a resolution disapproving of his national emergency declaration. Enough Republicans have publicly announced defections to pass the resolution, teeing up the first veto of Mr. Trump’s presidency. 

Mr. Trump is urging Republicans to stay united, but Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, among those voting for the resolution, says there could be as many as 10 Republicans who vote against the president. 

“A big National Emergency vote today by The United States Senate on Border Security & the Wall (which is already under major construction). I am prepared to veto, if necessary,” Mr. Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!”


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