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President Trump and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Pool/Getty Images

President Trump said Wednesday at a news conference in Ireland Brexit will work out "very well" and so would the border issues it poses for Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is is part of the United Kingdom.

Details: Trump told Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar "it will all work out very well and also for you, with your wall, your border." He said there's "a border situation in the United States and you have one over here." Varadkar responded, "The main thing we want to avoid, of course, is a border or a wall between both sides." Trump replied, "I think you do ... The way it works now is good, you want to try and keep it that way."

Why it matters: Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that will share a land border with other EU countries post-Brexit. Many in Ireland are concerned that Britain's exit from the EU could see the return of a hard border separating the Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic.

The big picture: Trump said Ireland's preferred choice of maintaining the current system of no customs checks between the 2 countries was "a big point of contention" with respect to Brexit, which the Irish government opposed. "I'm sure it's going to work out very well," he said.

  • The president stopped off in Ireland after a 3-day state visit to the U.K., before heading to Normandy, France, for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
  • Trump visited his golf resort in Ireland after discussing with Varadkar the U.S. and Ireland's economies, E3 visas for Irish citizens and the 2 countries' need to work together to make sure large firms pay their "fair share" of tax, according to the BBC.

Go deeper: Brexit's Irish border headache

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Mike Pence calls Kamala Harris to offer congratulations and help

Mike Pence. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty

Vice President Mike Pence called Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Thursday to congratulate her and offer assistance in the transition, the New York Times first reported.

Why it matters: The belated conversation came six days before the inauguration after a contentious post-election stretch. President Trump has neither spoken with President-elect Joe Biden, nor explicitly conceded the 2020 election.

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The coronavirus variants: What you need to know

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

New variants of the coronavirus circulating globally appear to increase transmission and are being closely monitored by scientists.

Driving the news: The highly contagious variant B.1.1.7 originally detected in the U.K. could become the dominant strain in the U.S. by March if no measures are taken to control the spread of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

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Abbas announces first Palestinian elections in 15 years

Abbas is 85 and in the 15th year of a 4-year term. Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas published a decree on Friday announcing the dates for parliamentary and presidential elections in the Palestinian Authority.

Why it matters: This is the first time in 15 years that such a decree has been published. The last presidential elections took place in 2005, with Abbas winning, and the last parliamentary elections took place in 2006, with Hamas winning.