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Discussions took place on Trump development in Titanic Quarter: Paisley

The construction of a Trump hotel in Belfast had been on the table during the development of the Titanic Quarter, Ian Paisley has said.

It comes after the DUP MP earlier raised the prospect of such a development in Northern Ireland during a talk show appearance on Thursday.

Appearing on Friday on Radio Ulster's Good Morning Ulster programme, Mr Paisley clarified meetings had actually taken place a number of years ago.

"That was something that Eric Trump, his son, looked at and discussed with the developers that some time ago. That is not a new suggestion by any means. That is something they did look at in the early stages, just before the Titanic Centre was actually opened," he said.

"So it is something I know they’ve had discussions about and I was privy to some time ago."

He added he thought "getting that brand to Northern Ireland would be very beneficial".

The large-scale waterfront regeneration in Belfast takes up a site previously occupied by the Harland and Wolff shipyard, with the £97m Titanic Belfast visitor centre opening its doors in 2012.

Donald Trump's middle son Eric Trump is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Trump organisation along with his brother Donald Jr.

Despite commitments made by Donald Trump to separate himself from his business interests, Eric Trump said last year President Trump would be given quarterly updates on his business.

The President has faced criticism of not sufficiently divesting from his business interests, presenting ethical issues and conflicts of interests.

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