Taoiseach thanks "President Bush" for his Washington invitation

Mr Kenny had breakfast at Mike Pence's residence earlier

Taoiseach thanks "President Bush" for his Washington invitation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, his wife Fionnuala with US Vice-President Mike Pence and his wife Karen | Image via @merrionstreet on Twitter

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the US Vice-President Mike Pence that Ireland and the European Union will always be their friends.

Mr Kenny made the comments at a breakfast thrown in his honour by Mr Pence at his home.

It came ahead of his meeting at the Oval Office later with President Donald Trump - who Mr Kenny accidentally referred to as "President Bush" in his speech.

He also revealed details of another gift he had presented to the vice-president this morning.

Mr Kenny presented him with a hurley with his name in Irish on it.

Image via @merrionstreet on Twitter

While on Wednesday, Mr Kenny insisted comments he made about then-President elect Donald Trump in 2016 are not relevant.

At the time, he said Mr Trump's language was "racist and dangerous" - but says there is no need for an apology.

Mr Kenny told reporters: "My comment was in respect of his language...language and words can be used by people in many regards.

"My comment was when he was running as a candidate in respect of the election to be held.

"My meaning was not in any way personal to him."

Pushed on the issue by Newstalk's Chris Donoghue, Mr Kenny said: "I'm not into English classes - I'm telling you that the language that was used on that occasion was, in my view, not language that I would use - but that was not related to his personality".