Joe Biden’s campaign manager described him as a proud Irish-American who was elected President of the United States.
Jen O’Malley Dillon campaigned for Mr. Biden and will be his Deputy Chief of Staff when he takes office in January.
She was speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Washington Ireland program.
“The president-elect is a proud Irish-American, he is a great leader, part of the story of his life, where he comes from, his roots,” said Miss O’Malley Dillon.
“He is a man of strong faith and has strong values in life growing up in Scranton,” she added.
Gen. O’Malley Dillon said he believes it helped Biden build a broad-based coalition and garner a record 81 million votes.
Miss O’Malley, also an Irish-American, was asked if she believed Joe Biden would visit Ireland as president.
“I have promised myself that I will return to Ireland, so I’m happy to encourage him to come with me if I ever get the chance,” she replied.
She also mentioned the differences that currently exist in US politics.
“We have a lot of work to do, it’s going to take us all. We can not solve it from one side; our politics is to bring the country together and heal it from the crisis of contagion and the crisis of polarization,” she said.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy also addressed the virtual event and welcomed the developments this week in the Brexit talks that brought the agreement on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
“Many of us today are relieved to have a sigh of relief as we hear these commitments again to keep the Good Friday agreement,” said Senator Murphy.
“We have worked hard to maintain partisan support for the Good Friday agreement,” he added.
Sen. Murphy said he believes the U.S. should prioritize a trade deal with the European Union before moving forward with a trade deal with the UK.
Tennis Leo Varadkar, a former participant in the Washington Ireland Program, also addressed the event, which offers US internship opportunities to young people across the island of Ireland.
Reflecting this year, the Fine Gay leader said Sorry for not calling a general election on Easter instead of February.
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