Senator Bernie Sanders made his first visit to Ireland last week and used the occasion to blast President Donald Trump and his policies, much to the delight of the audience which paid to see him speak at the opening event of the Dalkey Book Festival.

“If I have anything to do with it, that budget is going nowhere,” Sanders told the sold-out audience at the Bord Gais Theatre, referring to the president’s recently announced proposals which among other things target cuts in food stamps and other programs for poor.

Trump, “lies all the time,” Sanders said. But he told the audience that the Irish public should “have confidence that, at the end of the day, the American people are going to do the right thing.”

Simon & Garfunkel's 'America' rings out in the theatre as Bernie Sanders takes the stage in Dublin. pic.twitter.com/UnhiTN6Los

— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) June 4, 2017

Sanders was accompanied by his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders. Sanders said that the couple took DNA tests to trace their Irish ancestry and that his wife’s came back 96 percent Irish, “which is more than the average person in Ireland,” he said.

President Michael D. Higgins also welcomed the couple to his residence, Aras an Uachtarain.

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Senator Bernie Sanders meets with President Michael D Higgins.