A St. Patrick’s Day tradition at the White House
A longstanding tradition lives on today as President Trump welcomes the Taoiseach of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, to the White House. Since 1952, Ireland has presented the President of the United States with a box of shamrocks to kick off the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
“It’s a great honor to have the Prime Minister of Ireland. We’ve become fast friends,” President Trump said today from the Oval Office. “Very, very special country.”
Earlier this evening, President Trump joined Prime Minister Varadkar for the traditional shamrock bowl presentation. And at a “Friends of Ireland” luncheon this afternoon, the President gave tribute to the holiday’s namesake. “May we draw new strength from the noble example of Saint Patrick. And may we all be blessed by the luck of the Irish.”
Watch tonight’s shamrock bowl presentation.
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