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A Trump hotel at the Titanic - one that doesn't sink: Ian Paisley invites investment to Northern Ireland

Ian Paisley appearing on The Wright Stuff / Credit: Channel 5
Ian Paisley appearing on The Wright Stuff / Credit: Channel 5

The DUP's Ian Paisley has issued an open invitation for investment in Northern Ireland - floating the possibility of a Trump hotel in the Titanic Quarter.

The North Antrim MP was appearing on The Wright Stuff to talk about a range of issues, including his relationship with US President Donald Trump and Northern Ireland's economic future post-Brexit.

Mr Paisley was speaking ahead of President Trump's three-day visit to the United Kingdom.

Asked by host Claudia-Liza Armah about his relationship with the US President, Mr Paisley said: "I met Mr Trump when he was just a businessman. A very successful businessman in New York. And I’ve kept that relationship alive. I’ve met him twice since he was President of the United States. I think we have the opportunity of a very, very good relationship.       

"The office of the president is very, very important. And can I say this, it is all very well for people to say ‘I don’t like what Mr Trump says or how he says it’. For them then to say the best way for them to argue about that is to inflate a massive balloon in Parliament Square is just childish."

Asked if Mr Trump had a golf course in Northern Ireland, Mr Paisley said: "He doesn’t. He has one in the Republic of Ireland which he says isn’t that good. So he wants to buy one in Northern Ireland.

"We would welcome investments of all types in Northern Ireland. A Trump hotel at the Titanic, one that doesn’t sink. How about that."

Mr Paisley also restated his party's opposition to a border on the island of Ireland, saying it was a problem created "by Irish politicians and European politicians who wish to divert us onto that issue of a border".

Donald Trump is the twelfth sitting US president to visit the United Kingdom, and will meet with the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May during the visit. 

Mr Trump's visit is a working visit, as opposed to a state one, meaning he will not address Parliament and his accommodation is not organised and funded by the UK. He will meet the Queen.

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