Taoiseach Enda Kenny had a 10 minute conversation with the President-Elect of the US Donald Trump. During the conversation Kenny congratulated Trump on his victory and both men expressed their commitment to cooperation between Ireland and the US.
During the call Trump confirmed to Kenny that he will continue the long standing tradition of extending an invitation to the Taoiseach to attend the White House for St Patrick's day celebrations.
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) November 10, 2016
Kenny has in the past expressed dismay towards Trump's bid for the presidential office, referring to his comments as 'racist and dangerous'. He did an about turn after Trumps victory, releasing a warmly-worded statement where he praised Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, as a 'Proud Irish-American'
Kenny's statement is in stark contrast to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel's somewhat cooler and more measured response in which she stated that she would co-operate with America on its founding liberal principals rather rather than because of who the current head of state is.
Just comparing Enda Kenny's statement with Angela Merkel's. pic.twitter.com/z6p55bF6Cy
— Tom (@tomppard) November 9, 2016
A lot of people took to twitter to criticise Kenny's seeming flip-flop on his position on Trump.
Enda Kenny:I just
Both together: women should be punished for abortions
Trump: did we just become best friends
— adam (@RummHammm) November 9, 2016
Enda Kenny: "On behalf of the Irish people I would like to congratulate Donald Trump"
Nah get in the bin Enda you don't speak for me
— Peann Louis (@Ruairi_OB) November 9, 2016
Kenny's statement on vice-president elect, Mike Pence, are especially troubling seeing as Pence is a far right conservative pro-lifer you can read all about him here.