THE Government is confused as to why Donald Trump is stalling on announcing his visit to Ireland.
Security checks have already taken place ahead of an expected stay in his Co Clare hotel next month.
But the White House appears to keeping open the possibility of him traveling to Scotland instead. The Secret Service is believed to have also an advance inspection at a property he owns there.
There was speculation last night that Mr Trump is unhappy about a demand from the Irish government that he meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a neutral venue.
Mr Varadkar is believed to want to hold talks with the President at Dromoland Castle, which is 50km from the Doonbeg hotel owned by Mr Trump.
The Government are concerned about the optics of allowing the Taoiseach meet with the billionaire at his own hotel.
However, sources indicated that they didn’t believe an issue over the location of a ‘meet and greet’ would be enough for the President to drop the Irish leg of his European tour.
“We are all wondering why the White House hasn’t announced,” a source said.