Donald Trump to meet Leo Varadkar during brief visit to Ireland

US president Donald Trump will meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a brief visit to Ireland on June 6.

Diplomatic sources have confirmed government officials last week scoped out potential venues for the bi-lateral meeting, including the five-star Co Clare-based Dromoland Castle.

The first lady, Melania Trump, will also accompany him during the visit here.

But Mr Trump is expected to stay at his own golf course resort at Doonbeg during the brief visit here.

The US president's stopover in Ireland forms part of a bigger trip to Europe in early June, taking in Britain and France.

The Irish Examiner understands that advance secret service and communications teams will visit Ireland in the coming days.

Department of Taoiseach and Department of Foreign Affairs officials visited Co Clare and west of Ireland locations last week to examine possible settings for the US president's meeting with Mr Varadkar.

Prior to his stay here, Mr Trump is scheduled to make a state visit to the UK from June 3 until June 5.

It is understood he will then attend Armistice Day centenary commemorations on June 6 in Normandy. Following that, he is expected to fly to Ireland.

The government has received no formal confirmation from the White House on the visit yet but officials in Washington and Dublin have been in contact and working closely in recent days.

The White House is expected to confirm the visit shortly. One option also being examined is whether Mr Trump would stay in Ireland on June 5 before flying to Normandy and returning here on June 6 after the World War II commemorations.

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