Trump 'hoping to visit Dublin' before his 2020 re-election bid

Ireland should be braced for a visit from US president Donald Trump later this year.

Mr Trump is believed to be keen to take up a long-standing invitation from the Government to come here before he starts his re-election bid.

A planned trip last November was cancelled, but the issue of an official visit is likely to come into focus when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attends the annual St Patrick’s Day festivities in Washington next week.

Government sources said that Mr Trump wants to visit Dublin and his hotel in Doonbeg, Co Clare.

“It makes sense for him in the context of the elections coming in 2020. There is still a big Irish-American vote,” a source said.

One source noted Mr Trump was due to travel to London in December for a Nato summit. “A stopover on that trip would be the obvious opportunity, but there has been no contact about it yet,” the source said.

Government sources said a visit would be unlikely to involve a major public event due to inevitable protests.

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