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Build a Trump hotel in Titanic Quarter, says Paisley as he calls for investment

By Staff Reporter

The DUP's Ian Paisley has floated the possibility of a Trump hotel in the Titanic Quarter.

The North Antrim MP appeared on Channel 5 show The Wright Stuff to talk about a range of issues, including his relationship with the US President and Northern Ireland's economic prospects after Brexit.

Mr Paisley was speaking ahead of Mr Trump's visit to the United Kingdom.

He told host Claudia-Liza Armah: "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 on to that issue of a border".

Mr Trump, who is the 12th sitting US President to visit the United Kingdom, attended a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May last night and he will also meet the Queen.

His trip 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.

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