President Trump and First Lady Melania Participate in the Shamrock Bowl Friendship Presentation…

President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence participate in the traditional presentation of the Shamrock Bowl to celebrate the festivities of St. Patrick and the warm relationship between the U.S. and Ireland.

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Earlier in the day President Trump also attended a bipartisan DC luncheon to celebrate the friendship. (see below)

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[Transcript] 12:25 P.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you, Father, very much. It’s a great honor to be here. This is my third one. It’s happening so fast. Who would have thought? The first I remember, the second I remember very well, and this is third. So, time flies.

But, Madam Speaker, I want to thank you very much for that — those lovely remarks. And congratulations on the Irish grandchildren. (Laughter.) That’s pretty good.

Also, I want to thank our Vice President, Mike Pence, who’s with us today. (Applause.) To all of the distinguished members of Congress, of which we actually have many, and our many wonderful Irish friends, as we begin our celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

This afternoon, we’re delighted to join all in welcoming Taoiseach, who I’ve gotten to know very well. My friend. We discussed a lot of things that were of great interest to all of us just a little while ago in the Oval Office. In particular, we talked about Brexit, a — something that’s turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be. But it will all work out. Everything does. One way or the other, it’s going to work out. But you had a very interesting view on it, and I appreciate your letting me know what’s going on over there. Very, very tough situation.

I also want to thank Ireland’s Ambassador, Daniel Mulhall. Thank you very much, Daniel. I appreciate it. And the entire Irish delegation for being with us today.

The United States and Ireland are bound together by ties of both kinship and friendship. It’s really a great friendship. It’s a friendship like rarely does any country have with another. Our citizens share an abiding love of faith, family, and freedom. Today, our relationship is as strong and resilient as the great Irish people are strong and resilient.

Since America’s founding, men and women of Irish descent have strengthened our nation beyond measure. In every war since the American Revolution, Irish Americans have fought with distinction to win our independence, to preserve our union, and defend our way of life. And nobody has done it like the Irish. They do it with flair. They do it with brilliance. They’ve moved our hearts with timeless works of art, literature, and music.

Irish Americans have also answered the call to serve our nation at the highest levels of government. And you look at the United States Supreme Court, you look in the halls of Congress, and throughout my administration: A lot of Irish. They’re all over the place. Right, Mike? (Laughter.) As an example, Mike, you have your sister, Annie, here today. Where is Annie? Annie, very nice to have you. That’s very good. (Applause.) And you’re serious Irish. That’s what I’m hearing. (Laughter.) Anyway, nice to have you, Annie. Thank you.

Many members of Congress in the room also trace their roots to Ireland, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Kevin, thank you very much. What a good job you’re doing. How’s he doing, Nancy? Okay? (Laughter.) Huh? You have a little advantage. She has a little advantage, but that’s okay. But he’s doing okay. (Laughter.) Good. Thank you, Kevin, very much.

Senator Pat Leahy. Patrick, thank you very much. Appreciate it. And co-chairs of the Friends of Ireland Caucus, Richie Neal and Peter King. Richie, thank you very much. Where’s Peter? Where is Peter? Peter, thank you very much. We see each other here and lots of other places. And you’re doing a great job. Thank you very much, Peter.

REPRESENTATIVE KING: (Inaudible) from Queens.

THE PRESIDENT: And from Queens, too. (Laughter.) On top of everything, from Queens.

This afternoon, we’re also proudly joined by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and —

HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER HOYER: Right here.

THE PRESIDENT: Steny, thank you very much. Steny, stand up. Come on, Steny. You’ve worked hard. (Laughter and applause). Come on, stand up, Steny. (Applause.) Okay. Thank you. Thank you, Steny.

And Congressman Eliot Engel. Thank you very much. Thanks, Eliot. I appreciate it very much. They really have worked very hard on a lot of issues and some pertaining specifically to Ireland. And we appreciate it very much. Thank you, Eliot.

Since the 7th [17th] century, St. Patrick’s Day has honored the legacy of Ireland’s patron saint, a man of profound humility and faith, whose selfless service is an inspiration to us all.

On St. Patrick’s Day 1937, President Roosevelt noted that, “In times of plenty and in times of famine, Ireland, and the descendants of Ireland, have been faithful to the heritage of St. Patrick.” That’s right.

Today, we reaffirm our enduring gratitude for the profound contributions, extraordinary service, and unyielding spirit of the Irish people. As the United States and Ireland grow ever closer in friendship and partnership — and we are, indeed, growing closer. We’re doing trade deals, we’re doing things that we, frankly, have not done to this extent before. May we find inspiration in the example of those who came before. May we draw new strength from the noble example of Saint Patrick. And may we all be blessed by the luck of the Irish. That’s a good thing, “the luck of the Irish.”

Mr. Prime Minister, thank you again for joining us. You had a very long and good trip. And we really appreciate that you’re here. And please give our warmest and best regards to all of the great and wonderful people of Ireland. Thank you very much. Please. (Applause.) Thank you, Leo. Thank you very much.

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32 Responses to President Trump and First Lady Melania Participate in the Shamrock Bowl Friendship Presentation…

  1. Seems as many Democrats, maybe more, were there. Our beautiful FLOTUS was there. Joy Bear will probably be snarky tomorrow!

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  2. necsumadeoinformis says:

    No blarney…

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  3. felipe says:

    I love the green fountain at the WH. Have they always done that, or is it a President Trump thing?
    At any rate, thanks for the photo SD. It’s very cool (and I ain’t Irish).

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    • Kenji says:

      I’m all in on St Paddy’s Day and whatnot … but green fountains look like some sort of runaway algae bloom …

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    • necsumadeoinformis says:

      Believe it or not, Mayor Daley started it in Chicago (green public fountains for St Patrick’s Day), and the Obamas started it at the WH in 2009. It’s been annual at the WH since then.

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    • Bubba Cow says:

      sort of fun hobby – I save pics of funny/unusual stuff to folder:
      this pic is named by SD “swamp water”
      too funny

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  4. necsumadeoinformis says:

    Ut oh, multiple active shooters at a mosque, and a car with explosives, in Christchurch, New Zealand just in the past hour or so. I imagine we’ll see a story about that here soon…

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  5. Elric VIII says:

    Only President Trump could be that gracious and truly friendly toward Taoiseach. I look forward to good relations between our countries.

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    • Bubba Cow says:

      the Irish have a difficult tread with Brexit apparently wanting to stay in the EU and the US escape from globalist clutches is threatening – tough one for VSGPDJT

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  6. beaujest says:

    Senator “Red Ed” Markey thinking green but not for St Patrick!

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  7. emet says:

    I’m Scots-Irish. That neans I want a drink but I’m too cheap to pay for it.

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    • necsumadeoinformis says:

      I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a uisquebaugh today.

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    • emet says:

      btw. St. Patrick was from Scotland.

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      • necsumadeoinformis says:

        Celtic is Celtic. I’m 1/4 Irish myself. Slightly more than 1/1024th haha

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      • Patrick healy says:

        The great conundrum – French, Welsh, Scottish? Who knows where he came from, but one thing is for sure on March 17th everyone wants a bit of him.
        As ever your President is gracious. This Irishman is certainly not proud of the direction the emerald isle is taking under the tutelage of George Soros, a queer prime minister of Indian extraction, abortion on demand, pretend homosexual marriage, plans import up to 5 million members of the religion of peace to replace the dwindling natives, proud to be ruled by Merkel and the EUSSR — — and on and on.
        Then look at the irishamericans voting and representing the part of death in the USA.
        Sorry……… happy St Patrick’s day to all.

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      • Patrick healy says:

        The great conundrum – French, Welsh, Scottish? Who knows where he came from, but one thing is for sure on March 17th everyone wants a bit of him.
        As ever your President is gracious. This Irishman is certainly not proud of the direction the emerald isle is taking under the tutelage of George Soros, a queer prime minister of Indian extraction, abortion on demand, pretend homosexual marriage, plans import up to 5 million members of the religion of peace to replace the dwindling natives, proud to be ruled by Merkel and the EUSSR — — and on and on.
        Then look at the irishamericans voting and representing the part of death in the USA.
        Sorry……… happy St Patrick’s day to all.Kimi

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      • Bugsdaddy says:

        Actually modern research is indicating he was from the Cornwall area of England. Regardless of his place of birth, he became Irish in his heart and soul.

        But, more importantly, he was the first to establish places of learning in Ireland to advance the cause of Christianity. His legacy was in forming a learning community, then when they grew large enough, to break off and form another community elsewhere.

        For those interested in his truly miraculous achievements, read “How the Irish Saved Civilization” by Thomas Cahill. It is an easy read and eye-opening.

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  8. Kerry_On says:

    As much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, the Ireland that we celebrate in America barely exists thanks to the likes of a this Taoiseach and his predecessors. It has been turned in a globalist shit hole of censorship and political correctness. The man who stands with Trump is his exact opposite. He’s a globalist/EU sock puppet trying to change Ireland into something unrecognisable. He is trying to make Ireland take down it’s CROSSES because some of those that they are trying to call the “New Irish” (like Nancy P calling illegals “Newcomers”) are “offended” by them. The news and free speech is so censored here that they are barely aware of the Nationalist/Populist movement that is busy dismantling the foundations of the EU globalist cabal. The good news is the first signs of a rebellion are appearing. Euro-sceptic parties are arising. MIGA (Make IRELAND Great Again)! As the news of the Yellow Vests, Salvini’s Lega Party, Victor Orban and Sebastian Kurz seep into the consciousness of the sleeping Irish (Hibernia) they will begin to awaken. The reality of the upset prophesied for the May EU elections will probably hit Ireland like an earthquake. The Irish Diaspora around the globe have to keep the memory of 1916 alive and be prepared to support its political rebirth. Erin Go Braugh!

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    • paulhan says:

      As an Irishman living in Ireland, I agree with this. If the British had waited a few more years to exit, we would probably have joined them. As far as I know, we do more trade with non-EU entities than EU.

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    • Bendix says:

      I just hope our President Trump did not arrive too late to save that country.

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  9. Ghost says:

    Observations from a smaller limb.

    Ireland. Seems to be in the news, so let’s take a look.

    Annual GDP $366,448Mil.
    This places them as the 34th largest world economy below South Africa and above Israel. U.S. comparison would be Indian. Their 2018 GDP + 3%.

    Industrial production fell in the 4th quarter. October: -1.7% : November: -8.9% December: -12.3%. It has rebounded in January; + 15.1%.

    Exports: $159B
    Top Products:
    Packaged Medicamants: (medicine,antibiotics, penicillin’s,ect.)
    17% (27.5B)
    Human or animal blood: ( vaccines,toxins)
    16% (25.3B)
    Nitrogenic Heterocyclic compounds: ( nucleic acids,lactams, chemicals.)
    8.6% (13.6B)

    Destinations:
    U.S. 25% (40.2B)
    U.K. 12 % (18.5B)
    Belgium-Luxemburg. 9.7% (15.5B)

    Imports: $84B
    Top Products:
    Planes,helicopters, space.
    16% (13.5B)
    Human or animal blood: ( vaccines,toxins)
    5.9% (4.94B)
    Packaged Medicamants: (medicine,antibiotics, penicillin’s ,ect.)
    3.6% (3.04B)

    Origins:
    U.K. 25% (20.8B)
    U.S. 21% (17.3B)
    Germany. 10% (8.37B)

    We are their biggest trading customer and second largest supplier. This seems to be part of PDJT E.U. Strategy talking to individual leaders are he prepares the table for the coming E.U. Negotiations.

    I’m not sure what Taoiseach wants or has to offer.

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  10. Ghost says:

    ack,, Indiana !!

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  11. TeaForAll says:

    100% Irish and proud of my heritage I remember my mother singing Irish lullaby’s to my children when they were born. The first song they learned to sing was McNamara’s Band.
    https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-pty-pty_converter&hsimp=yhs-pty_converter&hspart=pty&p=mcnamara%27s+band+lyrics#id=1&vid=8c4aee59a9fc10d3176aba280616e9ae&action=click

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