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The Irish prime minister brought his boyfriend to meet Vice President Pence

16 March 2019

Donald Trump has criticized Theresa May's handling of the Brexit talks, while also saying the United States will stay out of Britain's negotiations over its exit from the European Union.

He said he was surprised how badly the Brexit talks had gone, adding: "I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate. she didn't listen to that and that's fine".

"I lived in a country where if I'd tried to be myself at the time, it would have ended up breaking laws", he said, The Advocate reports.

"I think it could've been negotiated in a different manner, frankly".

"People often ask me what I felt on Inauguration Day when I raised my right hand", Pence said.

"We can do a very big trade deal with the United Kingdom", he told reporters.

But he now he says: "The potential is unlimited!" "Maybe I shouldn't let you do it, I'll just get you in trouble".

Trump also lamented he was "surprised at how badly it has all gone from the standpoint of negotiating".

Mr Trump added: "I know many Irish people and they are inspiring, they're sharp, they're smart, they're great and they are brutal enemies so you have to keep them as your friend".

MPs are set to vote on Thursday evening on whether to request a delay until at least June.

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

Varadkar said Ireland isn't the only place where this is possible, but "every country where freedom and liberty are cherished".

Gardiner rejects Irish concerns about the border and said the issue has been used as a "battering ram" by European Union leadership keen to make Britain a cautionary example to other member states flirting with an exit.

"They were very well briefed", Varadkar said of his meeting with Pence and his wife.

It was potentially the thorniest meeting in Mr Varadkar's packed Washington schedule but it passed off well, with Mr Pence promising to visit Ireland with his mother Nancy to see their ancestral home.

Mrs Foster, who is in Washington for St Patrick's Day, invited Mr Trump to The Open at Royal Portrush in July as she attended a lunch on Capitol Hill addressed by the President.

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.

"But it will all work out, everything does, one way or the other".

The Irish prime minister brought his boyfriend to meet Vice President Pence