In 1952, Ireland's ambassador to the United States, John Hearne, sent a small box of shamrocks to US President Harry Truman, unknowingly creating a tradition that is still carried out 66 years later.
And then, of course, he commented at length.
Trump said that Brexit is "tearing countries apart". Varadkar even spoke about his sexuality at the Naval Observatory.
The taoiseach was speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC as part of his four-day St Patrick's tour of America.
"We can do a very big trade deal with the United Kingdom".
The organisation was founded by Irish-American politicians to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
At the event today with Trump at the White House, the focus was very much on Irish-American relations (with a few classic-Trump tangents).
Trump was game to keep the ritual going despite his own outsider status and disdain for stuffy political convention.
Thursday's events carried on despite awkward timing.
With May's second defeat over Brexit since January, the British people are facing a hard choice between no-deal Brexit or a delayed Brexit.
Britain is set to exit the European Union on March 29, but lawmakers voted Thursday to allow the government to seek a delay to the Brexit date. We want to make sure there is trade between Britain and Ireland.
But he now he says: "The potential is unlimited!"
"Great commitment amongst the U.S. administration to help Northern Ireland". I mean. she's got to do what she's got to do.
Donald Trump has said Theresa May ignored his suggestions on how to negotiate Brexit and he is surprised at how badly it has been handled.
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One of Mr Trump's golf courses is in the County Clare village of Doonbeg.
"I predicted it was going to happen, and I was right".
"I will be coming at some point this year". "And I was standing out on Turnberry, and we had a press conference, and people were screaming".
Trump said he planned to stay out of the negotiations.
On Thursday MPs voted 413 to 202 - a majority of 211 for Mrs May to ask the European Union for a delay to Brexit.
"I think it could've been negotiated in a different manner, frankly".
"I hate to see everything being ripped apart right now", Trump said, according to Politico.
"It's just a great place", he added.
Speaking about the contributions of Irish-Americans, Pelosi quoted Republican President Ronald Reagan as saying USA leadership would be lost "if we ever close the door to new Americans".
"They were very well briefed", Varadkar said of his meeting with Pence and his wife.
Mrs Foster, who is in Washington for St Patrick's Day, invited Mr Trump to The Open at Royal Portrush in July as she attended a lunch on Capitol Hill addressed by the President.
The Irish leader aims to use the meeting to reaffirm the historical ties between Ireland and the United States.
Trump may agree. At the luncheon, he sounded cheerful as he described his discussion with Varadkar.
"If they don't talk to us we are going to do something pretty severe economically".
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