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DUP leader Arlene Foster meets President Trump in Washington

DUP leader Arlene Foster speaking to the Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Rep Richie Neal & US President Donald Trump about Northern Ireland. Photo by Press Eye
DUP leader Arlene Foster speaking to the Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Rep Richie Neal & US President Donald Trump about Northern Ireland. Photo by Press Eye
DUP leader Arlene Foster speaking to the Speaker Pelosi, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Rep Richie Neal & US President Donald Trump about Northern Ireland. This was at a lunch hosted by the House Speaker. Photo by Press Eye

DUP leader Arlene Foster was pictured speaking to President Donald Trump at a lunch in Washington on Thursday.

Mrs Foster had a chat with the President at a lunch hosted by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill.

The event was also attended by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US Vice President Mike Pence. A number of high-profile of Irish political figures are in Washington for the annual St Patrick's Day celebrations.

The meeting comes after the DUP leader said she would invite Donald Trump to Northern Ireland for The Open at Royal Portrush.

"It is the biggest event ever in Northern Ireland. It is a huge event that will put Northern Ireland on the map," Mrs Foster told the BBC.

"Would we like the president of the United States to come to Northern Ireland? Very much so."

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DUP leader Arlene Foster speaking to the Speaker Pelosi, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Rep Richie Neal & US President Donald Trump about Northern Ireland. This was at a lunch hosted by the House Speaker. Photo by Press Eye

During a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday, President Trump said that he intends to visit Ireland later this year.

The President also criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of the Brexit negotiations.

"I'll be coming at some point during the year. I missed it last time but I would have loved to have been there. It's a special place," President Trump said.

He said he has a "very warm spot" for Doonbeg, where he owns a golf resort.

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