On Tuesday, Trump called Ireland’s newly elected prime minister, Leo Varadkar, to congratulate him on his “great victory” and invite him to a traditional celebration for St. Patrick’s Day.
During the call, Trump says, “Congratulations on your great victory. We have so many people from Ireland in this country – I know so many of them, I feel I know all of them.”
“But I just wanted to congratulate you, that was a great victory that you had”.
After Trump joked about knowing “all” of the Irish people in the U.S., he mentioned that there were a number of people from the Irish press watching his phone call.
During the call, Trump then singled out one female reporter, named Caitriona Perry. She is a Washington correspondent for Irish state broadcaster Radio Teilifis Eireann (RTE). He asked her, “Where are you from?” “Go ahead,” he said, calling her over. “Come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press.”
Perry walked over to Trump’s desk and answered him. While looking at Perry, Trump told Varadkar, “She has a nice smile on her face, so I bet she treats you well.”
The call lasted about 10 to 15 minutes. According to a spokesperson for Varadkar, the call was “wide-ranging” and “fruitful.”
You can watch the interaction below:
— Caitriona Perry (@CaitrionaPerry) June 27, 2017