President Donald Trump has identified Ireland as a country from which he would like to see jobs "brought back" to the US.

At a press conference in Trump Tower, Mr Trump was asked why three executives - including the CEOs of Merck and Intel, which both have significant operations in Ireland - had quit his American manufacturing council.

All three resigned following violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend and the US president's initial delay in specifically criticising the neo-Nazis and white supremacists involved.

Mr Trump criticised the three executives and made a pointed reference to Ireland.

"We want products made in the country," he said. "Now I have to tell you that some of the folks will leave, they're leaving out of embarrassment because they make their products outside.

"I've been lecturing them, including the gentlemen you're referring to, about you have to bring it back to this country [the United States]."

"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," he said.

"I want manufacturing to be back into the United States so that American workers can benefit."

The president also criticised Amazon.com on Twitter over taxes and jobs and accused the global retailer,  without evidence, of hurting US localities and causing job losses.
           
Shares of the company fell 0.5% at $978.00 in premarket trade after Mr Trump's comments.

Amazon.com has said that it has more than 50,000 job openings across the United States to help fulfil customer orders and earlier this month hosted multiple job fairs to fill them.

Mr Trump has repeatedly targeted Amazon.com, whose CEO Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post, one of several major media outlets that have been swept up in the president's ongoing fight with the press.