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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Trump's Immigration Plans

Watch Ireland's Prime Minister Slam Trump's Immigration Policy to His Face

This feels like a scene straight out of Love Actually.

On March 16, while visiting the White House the day before St. Patrick's day, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny gave a speech that subtly called out President Donald Trump's divisive immigration policies. The president was standing just a few feet away.

Kenny reminded the room that St. Patrick was himself an immigrant and touched upon America's history of welcoming immigrants, including the Irish. "And four decades before Lady Liberty lifted her lamp, we were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore. We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America," he said.

"We came and we became Americans. We lived the words of John F. Kennedy long before he uttered them: We asked not what America can do for us, but what we could do for America. And we still do." Of course, many took Kenny's words as a jab at Trump's immigration and refugee plans.

On St. Patrick's Day, Trump also tweeted well wishes to his "Irish friends."

But it backfired, with many echoing the points Kenny had made in his speech.

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