President Trump 'cancels' November trip to Ireland

Larry Hoffman
September 12, 2018

Mr Trump was planning to spend one day in Dublin before travelling to Doonbeg, Co Clare where he owns a golf link.

She said: "The President will travel to Paris in November as previously announced. As details are confirmed we will let you know", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

Irish protesters had vowed to turn out thousands of people for a Trump visit - including the "Trump baby" balloon that made such a splash during the president's United Kingdom trip in July.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar opposed extending an invitation to Mr Trump when he was a cabinet minister, but changed his mind when he became PM.

That offer was reiterated by Mr Varadkar last March.

It was to be Mr Trump's first visit to Ireland since he assumed the office.

"We can confirm that the proposed visit of the USA president is postponed".

RTE also said the visit had been cancelled.

Speaking at a press conference this evening, The White House said it has not yet made a final decision on whether U.S. President Donald Trump will make a stop in Ireland as part of his trip to Paris later this autumn.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who as a cabinet minister opposed extending an invitation to Trump before changing his mind when he became prime minister, had described the trip as coming "a little bit out of the blue", but said the office of the USA president must be respected.

"The relationship between Ireland and the U.S.is so strong and so important, much more important than any Irish government or any US administration", he told Irish broadcaster RTE.

The Irish cancellation came on the same day that the Kremlin organ Tass reported Trump could be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at some point during that Paris trip.

Mr Coveney said: "It will be controversial because everything Donald Trump does these days is controversial".

He Tweeted '@realDonaldTrump has been no friend of democracy or human rights.

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