Trump sharply criticizes British leader's handling of Brexit

Trump says Europe is 'being ripped apart' by Brexit

"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.

Speaking to reporters ahead of his meeting on Thursday with Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, Trump said he wants Brexit talks to work out but was surprised at how badly the negotiations have gone, adding that the British prime minister did not listen to his suggestions on how to negotiate.

Trump did state his belief that Varadkar is now in a "complicated position" due to Brexit and stated his belief that the European Union has treated the USA "very unfairly" over the years.

"I think that the relationship between Ireland and the U.S. is long-lasting - it's strong", Varadkar told The Washington Post in an interview on Wednesday. "I hate to see everything being ripped apart now".

Britain is set to exit the European Union on March 29, but lawmakers voted Thursday to allow the government to seek a delay to the Brexit date.

"The potential is unlimited!" he tweeted.

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

Trump added: "I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation".

"This has been a tradition where we dispense from our differences, whether it is political or whether they are competitive in any other way, and where we come together and celebrate", she said.

The most concerning element for Ireland, Varadkar said, is that Brexit should not cause any problems in Northern Ireland, which voted to stay in the EU.

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

Pence called Varadkar's remarks at Thursday's breakfast "inspiring words".

"They were very well briefed", Varadkar said of his meeting with Pence and his wife. He was proud to be an American, but I can still hear that Irish brogue in my heart when my grandfather used to talk about the old country and his home across the pond.

"The United States and the Republic of Ireland have such close ties that it's unlikely that anything permanently damaging would happen", McMahon said.

Trump may agree. At the luncheon, he sounded cheerful as he described his discussion with Varadkar.

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