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'Do you know that's Leo Varadkar out there?': The week in quotes

Here’s what was said and who said what this week.
Aug 20th 2017, 6:30 PM 14,327 6

U.S.-WASHINGTON D.C.-TRUMP-CHINA-EXECUTIVE MEMORANDUM Source: PA Images

Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered

United State President Donald Trump on protests by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in Charlottesville on Monday.

Trump Republicans Source: PA Images

Well, I do think there’s blame, yes, I think there’s blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it. And you don’t have any doubt about it either. And, and if you reported it accurately, you would say it… You had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.

United State President Donald Trump on protests by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in Charlottesville on Tuesday.

Trump Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Excuse me, what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right. Do they have any semblance of guilt? Let me ask you this. What about the fact they came charging — that they came charging, with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do… You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now.

Another highlight from the same press conference.

Trump Source: PA Images

Now, I have to tell you, some of the folks that will leave, they are leaving out of embarrassment because they make their products outside and I’ve been lecturing them, including the gentleman that you’re referring to, about you have to bring it back to this country. You can’t do it necessarily in Ireland and all of these other places. You have to bring this work back to this country. That’s what I want.

Oh, and he had a pop at Ireland.

Trump Bannon Source: PA Images

Ethno-nationalism — it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.

White House strategist Steve Bannon then criticised the far-right in a surprise interview with a left-leaning political website.

Barack Obama quoted Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Charlotteville rallies.

Noth Korea Art of the Bluff Analysis Source: PA Images

[Kim Jong-un] said that the U.S. imperialists caught the noose around their necks due to their reckless military confrontation racket, adding that they would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees.

A report from North Korea’s KCNA news agency on why the country is now holding off on a planned missile attack near Guam.

People Taylor Swift Source: PA Images

I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.

A statement issued by Taylor Swift after winning a sexual assault lawsuit against a former radio DJ she accused of groping her – she was awarded $1 in damages, as requested.

Spain Barcelona Pedestrians Hit Source: PA Images

The waiter came over to us with the bill and said you can’t leave.

Irish tourist Aoife Roy who was close to the Las Ramblas terror attack.

Brexit Dublin Source: PA Images

We are not going to be used a pawn.

Minister Simon Coveney took a firm stance as the United Kingdom began laying out its policy plans for Brexit.

I told them there was a wait list to sit outside so I sent them to the bar. Then 15-20 minutes later, I brought them out to a tiny two-person table… then [my friend] Emer comes in and says ‘do you know that’s Leo Varadkar out there at the table?’.

J1 student Emma Kelly told The Ryan Tubridy Show about how she didn’t recognise Taoiseach Varadkar when he popped into the Chicago restaurant where she works.

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