First Lady Melania and President Donald Trump have participated in a traditional ceremony with the Irish Prime Minister to mark St. Patrick's Day, receiving a bowl of shamrock from the Irish leader.
Taoiseach Leo Vadakar, as the Irish premier is properly titled, attended the ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Thursday evening.
The tradition dates back to 1952, when Irish Ambassador John Joseph Hearne delivered a box of shamrocks to Harry Truman's White House on the feast day of Ireland's patron saint, which this year falls on Sunday.
The bowl presented to Trump was made at Kilkenny Crystal in Callan, the home town of Irish-American architect James Hoban.
President Donald J. Trump and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar participate in the Shamrock Bowl Presentation in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday
Trump was flanked by First Lady Melania and Vice President Mike Pence for the ceremony, which dates back to 1952
The bowl presented to Trump was made at Kilkenny Crystal in Callan, the home town of Irish-American architect James Hoban, who designed both the White House and Ireland's house of parliament, Leinster House
Hoban designed both Leinster House in Dublin, the seat of the Irish parliament, and the White House.
Trump, who was joined on stage by Vice President Mike Pence, said that millions of Americans across the country celebrate the 'inspiring' Irish people on St Patrick's Day.
He also welcomed the Taoiseach's boyfriend Matt Barrett, who also attended the event.
Vadakar made history as Ireland's first gay prime minister, as well as the first of Indian descent.
Trump delivers remarks as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland, First Lady Melania, and Vice President Mike Pence look on
In his remarks, Trump said that millions across the US celebrate the 'inspiring' Irish people on St Patrick's Day
Trump also called the Irish 'brutal enemies' adding 'You don't want to fight with the Irish, it's too tough, it's too bloody'
Trump said: 'I know many Irish people