US President Donald Trump has met with Irish Taoiseach Edna Kenny to mark the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. In a speech at the White House, Kenny declared that St. Patrick himself was an immigrant and that Irish immigrants flocked to the shores of the US to find hope and prosperity.
"It's fitting that we gather here each year to celebrate St. Patrick and his legacy. He too, of course, was an immigrant," said Kenny. "And though he
"Here in America, in your great country, 35 million people claim Irish heritage. The Irish have contributed to the economic, social, political, and cultural life of this great country over the last 200 years. Ireland came to America because, deprived of Liberty, opportunity, safety, of
"Four decades before lady Liberty lifted her lamp, we were the wretched refuse
"We lived the words of John F Kennedy, long before he uttered them. We asked not what America could do for us, but what we could do for America and we still do."
Watch Kenny speak below.
Happy Lá Fheile Phadraig to all of my great Irish friends!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2017
Remembering my grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley, and my family's Irish roots today. Enjoy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! pic.twitter.com/0QfINVKAoM— Vice President Pence (@VP) March 17, 2017