US President Donald Trump arrived in the UK today for the start of an official state visit.

He has a busy agenda over the coming days with a series of formal engagements, as well as D-Day commemorations in England and France.

The White House says the visit will give evidence to the fact that the "special relationship" between the US and the UK is real and enduring.

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day will also see the US honouring and remembering the sacrifices shared with its European allies.

It will be a week full of historical significance.

From an Irish perspective, there will no doubt be a lot of interest in the ceremonies taking place on the beaches of Normandy, but there will be plenty of focus too on the beaches of west Clare, at President Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg.

Air Force One is due to touch down in Shannon on Wednesday and Donald Trump will finally take up a long-standing invitation to visit Ireland that was first extended by previous taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Last week at the White House, I asked President Trump about his upcoming visit.

He told me he would be staying at his golf resort in Doonbeg because it is "convenient" and a "great place".

I found it interesting that he used the word "convenient".

In March, at his St Patrick’s Day meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, he told us that he has a warm spot for Doonbeg and that it was a "special place".

Last week, however, it was "convenient".

I wondered if President Trump chose that word to perhaps defend his decision to stay there. 

There has been some negative media coverage in the US over Donald Trump's desire to stay at his own resorts and hotels when he travels. 

According to a recent article in the Washington Post: "A trip to Doonbeg may ... reignite criticism that the president may be using travel to raise publicity for his privately owned properties."

Other US media outlets reported that there was a stand-off between the Irish Government and the White House over the location of a meeting between President Trump and the Taoiseach.

The Irish Embassy in Washington denied the reports. The meeting between the two leaders will take place on Wednesday when the US President arrives in Shannon Airport.

When I asked Donald Trump what they will be discussing he replied: "A lot of the things that you would think."

I asked a senior official in the Trump administration the same question and was told that they will discuss a range of bilateral issues as well as shared international interests and priorities.

"The President and the Taoiseach saw each other in March, so they'll probably pick up on some of the issues they discussed then when the Taoiseach was over for the annual St Patrick's Day commemorations," the official said.

The Taoiseach recently told the Dáil that he plans to discuss trade when he meets President Trump.

Leo Varadkar said he will be highlighting the reciprocal two-way economic relationship that exists between Ireland and the US and also voicing the Irish Government’s support for an EU-US trade deal.

Protests are planned in Shannon and Dublin but in Doonbeg, where the US President will be based, many people are welcoming his visit.

They see Mr Trump as someone who has brought jobs to their community and they know that his arrival will focus the eyes of the world on a beautiful corner of Ireland for a couple of days this week.

If it helps boost tourist numbers in the region, they know the Trump visit will have been far more than just "convenient".