Trump compliments Irish reporter on her 'nice smile'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to have first phone call with Trump today

An exchange in the Oval Office on Tuesday played out like a boardroom elimination on "The Celebrity Apprentice", as President Donald Trump dropped everything to comment on an Irish reporter's "nice smile".

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the house that Mr Trudeau and his family will be making the trip.

He then singled out Caitriona Perry of RTE, asking where she was from before saying "she has a nice smile on her face, so I bet she treats you well".

Another added: "Trump literally called you over just to look at you?"

Perry herself referred to the moment as "bizarre". "Go ahead, come here, come here", the president said pointing at Ms Perry and beckoning her forward with his finger....


A possible visit by Trump to Ireland was not discussed, although Varadkar's predecessor had invited the president to visit the country in March.

"We have all of this Irish, attractive Irish press", he said.

Trump was congratulating Leo Varadkar on becoming prime minister, and mentioned that Irish reporters were among those listening.

Mr Trump sparked outrage when a 2005 recording of him claiming he could do "anything" with women emerged during his election campaign a year ago.

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