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Watch: Donald Trump shoots down Leo Varadkar’s trade deal pitch

Leo Varadkar is meeting Donald Trump today but the Irish Taoiseach’s bid to drum up a trade deal between the EU and the United States has just backfired spectacularly. In their televised chat in the Oval Office, Varadkar told Trump:

‘I look forward to talking to you…about trade, and how much I would like to see a trade deal done between the US and the EU. We’ve done one with Japan, we’ve done one with Canada – we’d love to strike a deal with the US, too.’

But Trump was not impressed:

‘OK, well we’ll see, because the EU, as you know, has been very tough to deal with, and frankly it has been very one sided for many, many years. So we’re changing that around. And we’re starting to get somewhere and if we don’t we’ll win anyway.’

Oh dear…

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