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US vice-president Mike Pence met President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during an official visit. His Irish hosts, up to their oxters for the last three years in Brexit worry, hoped to impress upon him Ireland's fears about the consequences of a no-deal Brexit for the country.

He could, maybe, stick in a supportive word for us in his talks with Boris Johnson in London, his next port of call.

    Mike dotes on Nancy - his Irish mother, as he calls her. So he should have known any Irish mammy will tell that you if you can't say anything good, say nothing at all.

Pence, after all, is Irish American and wastes no opportunity to go misty-eyed about his love for the "Old Country" as he lards on his Mother Machree shtick on both sides of the Atlantic. He couldn't praise Ireland enough on Tuesday - "deeply humbled" and "honoured" to be going to the hometown of his mother's grandmother and so on.

But, after he said all these nice things about the "Emerald Isle" and how much his boss Donald Trump - he sent his best wishes, by the way - appreciates us and all we do to help American security in Shannon, he delivered a very strong endorsement of Boris Johnson and Brexit.


The next prime minister the couple will meet on their trip will be the serial philanderer Boris Johnson. He's pretty experienced on the extramarital and premarital sex front, which they abhor.

On Tuesday, to be on the safe side, nobody was left alone with the US vice-president in case it might upset him.

"We have both been blessed with Irish mothers," Pence told the Taoiseach when they met the press. He didn't say anything about Indian fathers (in Leo's case) but there you go.

"I carry Ireland with me wherever I go," said Pence, speaking of an old Ireland, one his ancestors left generations ago.

Still, his visit was a great example of diversity in action. President Trump, who recently visited, is very hands-on with women and likes to grab them in all sorts of places. And his second in command is the opposite. He won't stay on his own with a woman who isn't his wife.

God bless America.

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