Trump holds first talks with Ireland’s new prime minister

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has held his first telephone conversation with Ireland’s new prime minister, Leo Varadkar.

Trump congratulated Varadkar on his “great victory” and said he feels like he knows all the Irish people in America. Reporters were brought to the Oval Office for the beginning of Tuesday’s conversation.

The 38-year-old Varadkar is Ireland’s youngest prime minister. He’s the son of an Indian immigrant and the first openly gay politician in the post.

Varadkar is also a doctor who has held three previous Cabinet posts. He defeated a rival in a contest to replace Enda Kenny, who resigned.

Varadkar’s rival won the most party-member votes. But Varadkar was backed by most lawmakers and local representatives, giving him a victory under the center-right Fine Gael party’s electoral college system. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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