Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, came to the White House yesterday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and took the occasion — with Donald Trump in the room — to remind America that St. Patrick was an immigrant. Also, that at one point, it was the Irish were were the “wretched refuse on the teeming shore.”
"We were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore," Irish prime minister says with Donald Trump in the room. pic.twitter.com/7jEfTVvIzE— Barry Malone (@malonebarry) March 17, 2017
That’s a hell of a rebuke to Donald Trump’s policies on immigration.
Trump obviously took it very well:
After a luncheon yesterday, Kenny also threw another little dig at Trump:
“They say the Irish have the capacity to change everything,” he said. “I just saw the president of the United States read from his script, entirely.”
I gather, however, that Kenny is not particularly popular in Ireland, and from news accounts I have seen, the media would have preferred that Kenny go much harder on Trump and some people were upset that Kenny had offered to return the favor and invite Trump to Ireland. Also, Irish people get really upset when we call Kenny the Irish Prime Minister instead of the Taoiseach.