Joe Biden has stated he’s “really not Irish” as he has “never had a drink” – and joked that his relations in Ireland “actually weren’t in jail”.
The US president, whose household moved from Ireland to America within the mid-1800s, had been marking St Patrick’s Day on the White House with friends together with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and One Direction singer Niall Horan, who carried out on the occasion.
The 80-year-old advised the gang: “When I went over to Ireland, It was a great experience. I’ve been to Ireland many times, but not to actually look up – to find my actual family members.
“And there are so many – and they actually weren’t in jail.”
Mr Biden stated he spent six days in Ireland and met a few of his relations there.
Reminiscing about his keep, he added: “There’s still a place called Finnegan’s pub… that’s related to my family.
“I’m the one Irishman you ever met, although, that is by no means had a drink, so I’m okay. I’m actually not Irish.”
The jokes didn’t finish there as Mr Biden singled out former Irish rugby union participant Rob Kearney – his distant cousin – and stated, “we all know who we’re rooting for in the Grand Slam” – forward of Ireland’s conflict with England on Saturday.
He additionally advised Horan he might “come back anytime” after praising his efficiency.
Mr Biden additionally appeared in an Instagram video with the music star wishing everybody a “Happy St Patrick’s Day”.
The occasion on Friday was the primary St Patrick’s Day celebrations on the White House because the COVID pandemic.
The White House fountain was streaming with green-dyed water for the event, which comes forward of Mr Biden’s much-anticipated journey to Northern Ireland on 25 April.
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During the St Patrick’s day handle, Mr Biden additionally stated he “strongly supports” the Windsor Framework post-Brexit association and spoke concerning the upcoming twenty fifth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
He was additionally offered with a bowl of shamrocks as a part of the ceremony, which was attended by the leaders of Northern Ireland’s 5 essential events.