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Trump threatens ‘severe’ tariffs on the EU

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar is also taking part in the celebrations and made the traditional visit to the White House.

"We talked about Brexit, something that's turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be", Trump said at an annual Capitol Hill luncheon for the Irish hosted by the House speaker. "I think what we offer is certainty that even though there may be changes in government, even though we may go through different economic cycles of recession or growth, that is a certainty and I think that gives investors or potential investors that certainty you need if you're making the..."

"I hate to see it being, everything being ripped apart right now".

"As you can imagine, with everything else going on at the moment, I've barely had time to think about that", Varadkar said, a reference to votes on Britain's exit from the European Union earlier that day.

Ireland is at the center of the practical discussion of how Britain would separate itself from the European Union and its open movement of goods and people, because the only affected land border runs between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The US President had been due to visit Ireland in 2018 but the trip was ultimately cancelled for scheduling reasons.

"It is really great to have the prime minister of Ireland with us", Trump said, before stating that he's becoming "fast friends" with the Taoiseach.

Mr Trump has said he will be visiting the Republic of Ireland at some point this year.

"You've got a very interesting view on it, and I appreciate you letting me know what's going on over there".

The House of Commons will hold another series of crunch votes later today focusing on whether to delay Brexit by requesting an extension to Article 50, the legal mechanism countries use to leave the EU. I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly.

Later Mr Trump said the United States and Ireland were bound together with ties of kinship and friendship.

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

The two leaders discussed Brexit as well as a number of Irish-US specific matters.

"If they don't talk to us we are going to do something pretty severe economically".

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