US President Donald Trump says he will be staying at his golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare next week because it is "convenient".
Speaking at the White House today, President Trump told RTÉ News that he is looking forward to his visit to Ireland on 5 June.
He said: "We'll be staying at Doonbeg because it's convenient and a great place.
"We'll be meeting with a lot of Irish officials and it will be an overnight stay and I look forward to it".
The US President is due to arrive in Ireland on Wednesday and will hold a bilateral meeting with the Taoiseach in Shannon Airport.
When asked what he will be discussing with Leo Varadkar, Mr Trump replied: "A lot of the things that you would think."
This evening, a senior official with the Trump administration said the president and the Taoiseach would discuss a range of bilateral and international matters at their meeting.
The official said the two leaders would probably pick up on some of the issues that they discussed during their St Patrick's Day meeting at the White House in March.
President Trump is expected to spend two nights in Doonbeg before returning to Washington on Friday 7 June.
The visit will take place while the president and First Lady Melania Trump are in Europe for a state visit to the UK and for events in the UK and France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.