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Ian Paisley tweets picture with Donald Trump and Sinn Fein-supporting Congressman

DUP MP Ian Paisley has tweeted a picture of himself with President Donald Trump and a Congressman known for his ties to Sinn Fein.

Mr Paisley is in the United States as part of the St Patrick's Day celebrations, where he is joined by his party colleague Nigel Dodds.

In a tweet on Thursday evening Mr Paisley posted a picture with Donald Trump and Congressman Peter King, saying he was introducing former DUP MLA Paul Givan to the President.

He wrote: "Lunch with @realDonaldTrump and Congressman Peter King in Congress. Took opportunity to introduce my friend @paulgivan to Mr President. "Great man!""

It is understood the meeting happened at the Friends of Ireland luncheon event.

Congressman Peter King has links with Sinn Fein going back decades, and has faced scrutiny for his involvement with NORAID, an organisation accused of financing the IRA.

Mr King is quoted by the Washington Post as having described the British Government as a "murder machine" and the IRA as a "legitimate force".

In an interview with Irish news website TheJournal.ie in 2017, then Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said Peter King had "supported the hunger strikers when the politicians here didn’t - Peter King supports Irish unity", but that he disagreed with Mr King "profoundly on many, many other issues".

Mr Paisley could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday evening.

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