U.S. President Donald Trump (L) welcomes Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (C) at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on March 14, 2019.
President Trump recently talked Brexit and trade relations with the prime minister of Ireland, while hosting the leader at the White House. I gave the Prime Minister my ideas on how to negotiate it and I think you would have been successful.
Asked whether he thinks the United Kingdom should push back its exit date, Trump said: "I think they're probably going to have to do something, because right now they're in the midst of a very short period of time - the end of the month - and they're not going to be able to do that". "I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people who won, who say, 'What do you mean you're going to take another vote?' That will be tough".
The US President criticised his British counterpart for ignoring his tips on how to strike a good deal with Brussels and said he regretted seeing "everything being ripped apart" as the Brexit crisis deepens.
But he insisted: "We are going to have a very strong border very soon", and he praised law enforcement officers catching "thousands of illegal aliens a month".
In his speech to mark the presentation of the shamrock bowl to Mr Trump and his wife Melania, Mr Varadkar reflected on America's history, its economic bonds with Ireland, and inspiring figures who have changed the world.
But the tensions over Brexit served this year to highlight a divide between the two countries with Ireland embracing the E.U.as Trump questions why European nations continue to marry their economies together instead of going it alone on issues like trade.
The US president initially supported Brexit, saying that Britain would be "better off" outside the European Union, particularly due to gaining freedom from the EU's immigration policy.
Nr Varadkar was speaking at the Ireland Funds dinner in the National Building Museum during his annual St Patrick's Day visit to the US.
DONALD TRUMP will make his long-awaited visit to the Republic of Ireland later this year.
"It wasn't that I was a supporter".
"We shouldn't have a hard border or anything to disrupt the peace process", said Varadkar.
"I think that the relationship between Ireland and the United States is long-lasting - it's strong", Varadkar told The Washington Post in an interview on Wednesday.
Mr Pence made the comments at a breakfast meeting with Mr Varadkar and his partner at the vice-president's residence in the capital.
In a tweet, Varadkar said it was "great to be back here for a really warm reception".