President Joe Biden asked an audience to clap for him during an address he made at the White House on St. Patrick’s Day.

Speaking alongside Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in celebration of the history of Irish people in America, Biden said, “We celebrate the bonds of our friendship today connecting millions of Irish Americans and American people. We celebrate the friendship between the two nations — one that has shaped our past, strengthened our present and inspires our future.”

Biden went on to say that the U.S. and Ireland celebrated 100 years of diplomatic ties this year, adding that the countries share similar values as the economic ties between them deepens further.

“Ireland now is one of the top ten investors in the United States economy. And our countries stand proudly for liberty and against tyranny. We stand together and oppose Russia’s brutal war of aggression in Ukraine,” he added.

The president then requested an applause, saying, “You can clap for that, please.”

Biden had a meeting with Varadkar over the weekend, in which he praised Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) attack on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his call for a new election in Israel.

“Senator Schumer contacted my staff, my senior staff, he was going to make that speech, and, uh, he, uh, I’m not going to exag — er — elaborate on the speech, he made a good speech and I think he, uh, expressed the serious concern shared not only by him, but by many Americans,” Biden revealed.

Schumer, on Thursday, suggested that an election is the “only way” Israel can move forward from its war with Hamas. In his words, “I believe a new election is the only way to allow for a healthy and open decision making process about the future of Israel at a time when so many Israelis have lost their confidence in the vision and direction of their government. There needs to be a fresh debate about the future of Israel after Oct. 7. In my opinion, that is best accomplished by holding an election.”