The unpredictable US President is famous for his abrupt manners and even occasionally hanging up on other country's leaders during heated so-called diplomatic phone calls. But he was charm personified last night when chatting with our new Taoiseach... and he even took the time to pause mid-conversation to flirt with RTÉ’s Washington correspondent, who was invited into the Oval Office to film the historic phone call.
During the chat, the so-called Leader of the Free World told Leo Varadkar: "We have a lot of your Irish press watching us just now in the room."
As you can see for yourself from the video footage below, Donald Trump then beckoned RTÉ reporter Caitriona Perry over to the Oval desk and asked her: “Where are you from? Go ahead, come here. We are all over this beautiful Irish press.”
After Perry introduced herself, Trump said: "She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well."
Trump then turned back to Perry and told her that the Taoiseach said to say thanks for the papers. Perry later explained that she had posted out copies of US papers to Leo Varadkar with front page stories about his election as Fine Gael leader for him to keep as souvenirs. Perry added this was something she would do for people she knew back home.
Speaking afterwards, Perry told RTÉ Entertainment: ""One minute we were outside the window and the next minute I'm meeting the President of the United States.
"Usually we would shoot from outside the window of the White House and that's what we were expecting today but instead we were invited inside to witness the President's call to the Taoiseach. When we went in he was already on the phone but I must have caught his eye and he called me over."
The good humoured call took the US media by surprise, especially after Donald Trump was reportedly left 90 seconds hanging on the line before Leo answered the phone.
During their chat, the US president told our new leader:"Congratulations on your great victory. We have so many people from Ireland in this country. I know so many of them. I feel I know all of them. But I just wanted to congratulate you. That was a great victory that you had."
After Trump's exchange with Caitriona Perry, the press corp were ushered out of the Oval Office to allow the two men to continue the call in private. The conversation lasted between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on which Irish paper you read this morning.
They appeared to get a lot of subjects into their brief chat. it's being reported that they discussed Brexit, the issue of the boarder with Northern Ireland, the Irish undocumented in the US, as well as climate change, free trade, Irish investment in the US, and the Northern Ireland Peace Process.
An Irish government spokesperson said the two men had agreed to met next on St Patrick's Day in the White House. The spokesperson added: "They agreed to continue strong co-operation between Ireland and the US on economic issues, shared culture, and family ties."
Filmmaker Louis Theroux has revealed that he is now planning to make a documentary exploring Donald Trump's path to power.Read More
No bunnies were boiled, but otherwise it was full-on Fatal Attraction...Read More
Conor Dignam SC, Chairman of The Bar of Ireland Human Rights Committee has criticised Trump, saying "President Trump's personal attacks on US judges for performing their duties has no place in a democracy based on the rule of law." He also believes that it a sinister trend, for which Trump should be condemned.Read More
He once played a boxing champ in Raging Bull, but now Hollywood actor Robert De Niro confesses that he’s like a bull in a china shop who would love to punch Donald Trump in order to teach him some manners! While action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger has also admitted that he too would like to take a pop at the US President and “smash his face into the table”!Read More
An Oscar-nominated film director from Iran has confirmed that he won’t be attending the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony in LA because of President Donald Trump’s controversial ban to stop Muslims from seven countries entering the US.Read More
The writer later apologised on Twitter, saying her actions were "inexcusable."Read More
There’s just been even more embarrassing news for President-elect Donald Trump – with a Bruce Springsteen cover band now also deciding to pull out of playing at the inauguration ball later this week.Read More
Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has made a dramatic u-turn and decided not to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s looming inauguration on 20 January.Read More
Senior US intelligence officials briefed both US President Obama and Donald Trump last week about claims that Russian spies have obtained compomrising personal and financial information about the President-elect, according to shock news reports that surfaced last night in the US media.Read More
Trump announced that the album sales of young singer Jackie Evancho have "skyrocketed" since it was announced she would be singing at his inauguration. As a fellow Hot Press journalist points out, there's also another way of looking at it.Read More
British singer Rebecca Ferguson has been asked to sing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on 20 January – but the 2010 X-Factor runner-up took to Twitter to say she will only “graciously accept” the invitation on condition that she’s allowed to perform Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’.Read More
An angry passenger had to be forcibly removed from a domestic US flight after going on rant when he spotted President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter on the same plane.Read More
President-elect Donald Trump took to twitter yesterday to attack Vanity Fair’s editor after the magazine gave one of his restaurants a negative review in their latest edition to just hit the newsstands.Read More
Some of the most influential figures in the music industry are urging President-elect Donald Trump to radically shake-up laws concerning intellectual property rights.Read More
Tina Fey has opened up about how she believes that Donald Trump’s negative presidential campaign and his shock victory has alarmingly fueled an increased level of misogyny in the US.Read More
“Do not deceive yourselves: Trump is no ordinary conservative Republican. He is the closest thing to Hitler Americans have ever seen.” That’s the stark warning from an Associate Professor of US History at Trinity College Dublin.Read More
Christmas may be coming - but in the wake of the most astonishing US Presidential election in living memory, the fear that a cadre of white supremacists may get their hands on the levers of power is growing. And it feels like uncharted territory...Read More
Bernie Sanders has confessed that he's left wondering "what if" if it was him instead of Hillary Clinton who ran against Donald Trump.Read More
The US's First Lady-elect is threatening YouTube with a major lawsuit over a video on its site that claims her son Barron is autistic.Read More
The USA might have had a very different President-elect right now – if it wasn’t for the fact that Donald Trump's grandfather was booted out of Germany, according to a legal decree that was recently discovered.Read More
The chairperson of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform in the USA is urging the media to stop sensationalizing President-elect Donald Trump’s comments on immigration.Read More
US President-elect Donald Trump opened up about a wide-range of contentious issue – discussing everything from abortion, to same sex-marriage and immigration – on CBS’ iconic show 60 Minutes on Sunday night.Read More
First there was shock... and regret. And then the city of San Francisco – a place where so many one-time outsiders have found a home that welcomes them – rose up and marched. It was a moment where hope began again. But the road ahead will not be easy...Read More
More white women voted for Donald Trump than for Hillary Clinton. And as for white men? They were even worse. The questions is: why? And the answer? Trump’s victory is an endorsement of white racism...Read More
Discover classic book reviews of 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' and 'The Great Gatsby' through a Donald Trump filter.Read More
Celebrities tweeted up a storm during last night's debateRead More
The Republican candidate is damaging both himself and the US electoral system with his ever more absurd utterances.Read More
Saturday Night Live are also giving the American Mr. Pussy a hard timeRead More
The Trump campaign has been rocked by yet another controversy. It’s being claimed that there is a drove of controversial material of unaired footage from ‘The Apprentice’ show in which for the Republican presidential candidate makes unsuitable sexually comments about contestants and crew members. It’s claimed he even made comments on contestants breast size during breaks in filming the hugely popular show.Read More
The potential next American Presidential gave the late-night shows plenty to dissectRead More
The US presidential debate comes to the streets of KillarneyRead More
As part of MoveOn.org's "United Against Hate" campaignRead More
While there is something frighteningly familiar about the mass shooting that claimed 50 lives at Pulse nightclub, there are also signs of an even more disturbing trend within US society. Hot Press writer – and Florida native – Mackenzie Kees explains.Read More
The unthinkable has come to pass. A former reality television star and world-famous blowhard is the presumptive Republican Party candidate. But how did “The Donald” outflank party favourites to come within a hair’s breath of the most powerful office on earth? Here is a frontline report from our man in Washington DC.Read More
The hip-hop singer has assured Trump on Twitter that a "cease and desist" is coming his wayRead More
There's a new anthem for the times we live in!Read More
"Women, you have to treat them like shit"Read More
This is the second time since 2015 that the hacktivist group has targeted Trump's campaign – on this occasion declaring that it is 'hateful' and 'appalling'Read More
"Trump is a messed up guy with a hole in his heart that he tries to fill with money and attention. He can never ever have enough of either and he'll never stop trying"Read More
In a climate where anger Is plentiful but constructive solutions rarely offered, maybe we need the stability and clear-headedness of consensus politics...Read More
The Republican front-runner admits that he's full of it...Read More
Someone has superimposed Donald Trump's head into Game of Thrones and it is terrifying.Read More
Needless to say, Donald Trump is among them...Read More
"The trouble with Trump is that he is, by temperament, by experience, and by character, utterly unqualified to be president of the United States. He is a buffoon."Read More
Declaring the programme a job's scheme for foreign youngsters, Trump hopes to scrap the the initiative if he gets elected into officeRead More