Irish PM Trolls Trump’s Immigration Stance In St. Patrick’s Speech

“He too, of course, was an immigrant,” Prime Minister Enda Kenny said of Ireland’s patron saint during the annual White House St. Patrick’s Day reception.

U.S. President Trump speaks with Ireland's PM...

Behold! A St. Patrick’s Day delight which involves President Donald Trump being snubbed by the Irish prime minister.

On Thursday during the White House’s St. Patrick’s Day reception, Trump vowed that America would remain a loyal friend to Ireland before introducing Prime Minister Enda Kenny who spoke about the annual tradition of gathering at the White House to recognize Ireland’s patron saint.

In his spiel about the “apostle of Ireland,” Kenny took a not-so-subtle jab at Trump’s anti-immigrant policies by noting that, “he too, of course, was an immigrant.”

He continued, "and though he is of course the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe he is also a symbol of the patron of immigrants.”

Food for thought, President Trump?

Kenny continued on the topic of immigration by discussing how the Irish came to this country to pursue the American dream.

"Ireland came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of 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."

Trump stood awkwardly, looking tightlipped and smug, beside Kenny as he politely delivered one jab after another to his controversial immigration stance. (What else do you do when someone is literally trolling you right in front of your face?)

"I’d just like to say in finality, this is what I said to your predecessor on a number of occasions: We would like this to be sorted. It would remove a burden of so many people that they can stand out in the light and say, now I am free to contribute to America as I know I can. And that’s what people want," Kenny said.

"There are millions out there who want to play their part for America — if you like, who want to make America great," he continued, cleverly using Trump's own campaign slogan against him. "Heard it before? Heard that before?" Kenny said over laughter and applause.

Kenny’s remarks were brilliant. They were just sharp enough to get the point across without being overtly critical of Trump — which probably saved him from later being on the receiving end of one of Trump’s insulting tweetstorms.

Well done, Prime Minister Kenny. 

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