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Melania-like quality to Leo's sangfroid in face of Trump's witless remarks
Leo Varadkar was a study in statesmanlike serenity, face tilted attentively towards Donald Trump as the US president blithely spouted off-kilter comments about Brexit.

There was almost a Melania-like quality to Leo's sangfroid in the face of Trump's witless remarks comparing the controversy over the border in Ireland to his controversial plans to build a wall between the US and Mexico.

As the home contingent crammed into a small room in Shannon Airport for a press conference with the two leaders, Leo sat stock still and let the words flow over him.

As for the Border: "I think it will work out and it will all work out very well. Also, for you, with your wall, your border. . ."

There was a quiet gasp from the Irish.

"We have a border situation in the United States and you have one over here, but it's going to work out very well. I think it's both going to work out very well."

And that strange noise heard above the Burren Suite was not the sound of an overflying aircraft, but the whoop of joy from Simon Coveney, who was in Belfast thanking his lucky stars that he didn't have to listen to such twaddle. As Trump went on to declare that Brexit could ultimately be "very, very good" for us, Leo maintained that placid smile but his eyes started darting about in his head.

This was after he felt compelled to make a respectful intervention after the Brexit-border talk became too much to take.

"The main thing we want to avoid of course," stammered Leo, with a non-threatening laugh in his voice, "is putting a border or wall between. . . "

"Oh, I think you do. I think you do," interrupted president Trump.

"Both sides," continued Leo, his voice trailing off.


The Taoiseach ended his day with a Trumpian flourish, making sure to tell everyone that Fine Gael had done very well in the European elections.

"I've got the best elections. Tremendous election. Crystal clear result."

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