Paul Ryan jokes that Guinness beer tastes better in Ireland, but 'this isn't the year to bring up trade issues'

  • During a Friends of Ireland luncheon, House Speaker Paul Ryan cracked a joke about Guinness beer and trade fights.
  • “The Guinness does taste better in Ireland, but I realise this isn’t the year to bring up trade issues,” Ryan said.
  • Ireland is part of the European Union, which is threatening to retaliate against President Donald Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminium.

During the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon with members of Congress and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, House Speaker Paul Ryan decided to crack a few lighthearted, Irish-themed jokes.

One of those jokes seemed to allude to the ongoing international disagreement over President Donald Trump’s recently imposed tariffs.

“The Guinness does taste better in Ireland, but I realise this isn’t the year to bring up trade issues,” Ryan said, holding up a pint of the iconic Irish beer.

Trump two weeks ago announced plans for new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium.

Ireland’s Department of Business expressed concerns after the tariff announcement and also said the country supported the threats of retaliation by the European Union. The EU, of which Ireland is a member, threatened to impose a retaliatory tariff on $US6 billion worth of American products including motorcycles.

Ryan had cautioned Trump against the tariffs, but the president went ahead with the restrictions anyway.

The motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson is based in Milwaukee adjacent Ryan’s home district.

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