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DUP's Gregory Campbell welcomes President Trump's UK visit and invites him to Portrush

DUP MP Gregory Campbell has welcomed the July visit of United States President Donald Trump to the United Kingdom.

It was announced on Thursday that President Trump will visit the UK on Friday, July 13.

Mr Campbell said that he would be inviting the golf-fan President to the 2019 Irish Open to be held in Portrush.

There has been speculation that Trump could pay a visit to this year's Irish Open in Ballyliffin after being invited by DUP MP Ian Paisley.

Speaking last month Mr Paisley said that the President "has indicated to me personally that it is his intention to visit".

The Irish Open takes place in Co Donegal from July 5 to July 8.

There are expected to be mass protests against President Trump's visit by critics of his policies and behaviour.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has clashed with the president over the response to a terror attack in the capital, said: “If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear.

DUP East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said that the planned protests were disrespectful to the office of President.

“The visit by the President of the United States of America to the United Kingdom is a symbol of the strong and enduring relationship between two great democracies," Mr Campbell said.

"I would be at odds with the President on some fronts but those who are planning on protesting against the visit by President Donald Trump to the United Kingdom are allowing the personality to cloud the significance of the Office and what that Office represents. Of course, people have the right to protest in a peaceful manner if they choose to do so. The rumours of disruption and violent protests will send out a completely wrong message about the United Kingdom being an open, tolerant and welcoming nation.

"I welcome the visit on 13 July. I will be writing to the US President reminding him that The Open Golf Championship is scheduled to take place in July 2019 in Portrush. Our Prime Minister and the Presidential cavalcade would be most welcome in Portrush where thousands of United States citizens visit annually.”

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