Trump Cancels Ireland Visit, Catching Officials by Surprise

Lester Mason
September 14, 2018

Donald Trump's plan to visit Ireland for the first time as U.S. president this November has been cancelled for scheduling reasons, the Irish government says.

Mr Varadkar said there is a standing invitation for any US president to come to Ireland and many have in the past.

The White House announced on 31 August that Mr Trump will travel to Paris in November to participate in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president would travel to Paris as previously announced.

Varadkar reversed his longstanding opposition to a Trump visit after being elected prime minister past year, warning government officials to respect the office of the USA president amid protest threats by various political parties.

"Clearly the outpouring of objections to this visit has had the desired effect as President Trump has decided not to come to Ireland".

In an apparent communication breakdown, representatives of the Irish government said it was their understanding that Trump's schedule would not permit a visit in November.

Trump met with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House in March as part of the Irish leader's annual St. Patrick's Day holiday visit.

The US President was originally invited to Ireland by former taoiseach Enda Kenny on his final St Patrick's Day visit to the White House past year. "As details are confirmed we will let you know", Ms Sanders said.

There were plans for Trump to spend one day in the capital before travelling to Doonbeg in County Clare where he owns a golf course.

"The proposed visit of the USA president is postponed", an Irish government spokesman told CNN.

The cancellation was first reported by the Irish Independent newspaper, which noted that political parties including Labour and the Greens had planned to protest the November 12 visit to Dublin.

"Mr Trump is the face of hate, racism and division".

The Irish Labour Party had also expressed displeasure about a proposed visit by Mr. Trump. Scientists say those threats are the effect of something for which Trump has firmly rejected government planning: climate change.

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

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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