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Gay Irish Prime Minister Talks LGBT Rights With Mike Pence



Ireland’s first openly-gay head of government, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, met with Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence in the VP’s official residence at the Naval Observatory. The Friday morning meeting and breakfast included omelets, avocado, and potatoes, according to press reports. The press, in an unprecedented move, was barred from attending the breakfast meeting.

Traditionally, the prime minister would have visited first with the VP, but the Trump administration rarely observes protocol, and the “Taoiseach” – the official name for the prime minister – met with Trump on Thursday. Pence was present during that meeting as well.

Last weekend at the SXSW festival in Texas Varadkar criticized the Trump administration for its stand on LGBT rights and refusal to support equality around the world. He vowed to discuss his position with Pence. 

However, there was no formal discussion of LGBT civil rights or the role of the U.S. promoting equality around the world on Friday. 

Varadkar did discuss the issue with the vice president on Thursday, during what is being described as a “tête-à-tête,” an informal discussion, and not before the cameras.

The Prime Minister was asked why his partner, Dr. Matt Barrett did not accompany him on the trip.

Brian O’Donovan, Washington Correspondent for Ireland’s RTÉ News, reports, “Mr Pence invited Mr Varadkar and his partner Matt to visit his home.”

Originally, via Twitter, O’Donovan reported, “The Vice President has invited The Taoiseach and his partner Matt to stay at his home,” but that was quickly corrected to be just “visit.”

Ireland’s Independent reports Pence told Varadkar his partner Matt would be “welcome in his home.”

The content of Thursday’s conversation about LGBT rights was not released by the White House, although the Vice President’s formal remarks during Friday’s breakfast were. They included no mention of LGBT issues or rights.

Mr Varadkar has said he would have preferred the meeting to be held in public,” the Independent reports. “However, he added that the private meeting may allow the two politicians have a ‘frank conversation.'”

Vice President Pence on Saturday will attend Savannah, Georgia’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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‘Was I Unmasked?’: Trump Appears to Admit Talking to Foreign Individuals Being Monitored When He Was a Candidate



President Donald Trump wants to know how many times he was “unmasked” while he was a candidate for the Oval Office. That would mean he appears to know now he was talking to foreign individuals who were being monitored – and some would likely want to know who and why.

Unmasking is the lawful process of identifying a U.S. citizen or legal resident who was speaking to a foreign person or government that U.S. intelligence agents are monitoring. It can be used to determine if they were caught in any illicit activity, or might be a target of illegal activity.

Speaking about his disgraced former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, Trump told right wing radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday, “we’re talking about unmasking, yes. That was a big deal. Horrible deal where they unmasked {Flynn] so many times.”

“I think he’s got to have the record for unmasking,” Trump said, which suggests he knows Flynn was talking to foreign individuals, apparently frequently.

“Maybe I do, you know, because we’re still looking how many times did they unmask me. Let’s find that out, too, because look, they were spying on our campaign. They were using him and others, and they were spying on my campaign. So was I unmasked?”

Trump’s claims of his campaign being “spied on” have been thoroughly debunked, time and time again.

“So far, they haven’t said, but let’s see what happens. I think you’re going to have a very interesting report coming out with Durham. Not report, I hope it’s not going to be a report. The last thing I want is another report. We’ve had enough reports.”



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Trump Press Conference Ends Minutes in as Secret Service Agent Escorts President Out



President Donald Trump was just escorted out of the White House press briefing room minutes after he began his press conference. Details are still coming in but it appears Secret Service agents calmly ushered the President out of the room.

The White House reportedly is on lockdown, according to MSNBC.

It appears the White House press corps are not being allowed to leave the room.

“There was a shooting outside of the White House,” Trump says upon returning minutes later. He says reporter John Roberts reported he heard shots. He also says he was taken to the Oval Office, and “law enforcement” shot the suspect.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated.

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Trump Puts Gettysburg on RNC Speech Shortlist – 4 Years Ago He Was There Complaining About the ‘Rigged’ Election System



President Donald Trump still has not decided if the RNC should hold the most important portion of the 2020 convention at the White House or at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The last time Trump visited the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, late October 2016, he “declared that the system is rigged against him, that election results cannot be trusted, that Hillary Clinton should have been barred from running for president, that the media is ‘corrupt’ and that he will sue all of the women who have accused him of sexual assault,” The Washington Post reported at the time.

“Trump also implied that what he called rampant voter fraud could cost him the election and said the media was ‘dishonest.'”

The newspaper added that Trump also spent “more than 13 minutes listing his grievances.”

Sound familiar?


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