Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny gave a speech at the White House on Thursday in which he subtly criticized President Trump’s immigration policy—while standing just feet from Trump.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Kenny delved into the history of the patron saint of Ireland, as well as the long history of Irish immigration to the U.S.
“Ireland came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed,” Kenny proclaimed. “We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America. We came and we became Americans.”
Watch the full speech below:
"We were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore," Irish prime minister says with Donald Trump in the room. pic.twitter.com/7jEfTVvIzE
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