May 21, 2019 / 9:52 PM / a month ago

Trump to visit Ireland during Europe trip in early June - White House

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump walks down the steps of Air Force One as he returns to Washington from a trip to New York City at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., May 17, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, will visit Ireland during their upcoming trip to Britain and France, and plan to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on June 5, the White House said on Tuesday.

A White House statement said the Trumps had accepted Varadkar’s invitation to visit Ireland while they are in Europe. They are to be the guests of Queen Elizabeth for a state visit to Britain June 3-5. They are to attend ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6.

Trump owns the Doonbeg golf resort not far from Shannon, and he has been discussing with aides a visit to Doonbeg as part of his trip. He visited his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland on a visit to Britain last year.

Ireland’s Newstalk radio said last week that Trump, who cancelled his first visit to Ireland in November for scheduling reasons, would return to the Irish west coast after his visit to France.

Reporting by Steve Holland; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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