Mar 17, 2017 by Will Maule

Irish Prime Minister Tells Trump That St. Patrick Was An 'Immigrant'

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 is of course the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe he's also, indeed, the patron of immigrants."

"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 even food itself, the Irish believed."

"Four decades before lady Liberty lifted her lamp, we were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore. We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America. We came - and we became - Americans."

"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. 

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