After telling reporters he would stay in his lane and avoid commenting on the contentious British exit from the European Union, U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday immediately did just the opposite.
Talks: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents US President Donald Trump with a bowl of shamrock at the White House in Washington yesterday.
"We talked about Brexit, something that's turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be", Trump said at an annual Capitol Hill luncheon for the Irish hosted by the House speaker.
I gave the Prime Minister my ideas on how to negotiate it and I think you would have been successful.
Asked if he thinks the Brexit deadline should be extended, Mr Trump said: "I think they are probably going to have to do something because right now there are in the midst of a very short period of time, at the end of the month and they are not going to be able to do that".
"I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won", he added.
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Trump also repeated falsehoods he's made before Thursday when he said he was not a supporter of Brexit. "But I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner". "I regret Brexit's happening".
He said he would like to see the "whole situation with Brexit work out", adding "we are talking with them about trade and we can do a very big trade deal with the UK".
Mr Trump has said he will be visiting the Republic of Ireland at some point this year. Britain's exit from the European Union had been scheduled for March 29.
"I predicted it was going to happen, and I was right".
Trump invited his Irish counterpart, the prime minister, a position known in Ireland as taoiseach, to weigh in, and Varadkar noted that he had a "different opinion" from Trump.
The Irish PM said the most pressing issue facing his country was how to settle questions about the future of the border between Ireland, an European Union member, and Northern Ireland, which won't be.
Until the 1998 Good Friday agreement, violence in the previous three decades in Northern Ireland killed more than 3,500 people. "He has consistently emphasized Brexit as a prerequisite for a new U.S. -U.K. free trade agreement, and administration officials and members of Congress have been working diligently to prepare for such an agreement", Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, tells VOA News.