Trump cancels planned November visit to Ireland ZlotoNews

Sergio Conner
September 14, 2018

The Irish government had previously stated that President Trump's planned trip to the Emerald Isle this November had been cancelled as a result of scheduling issues. "The U.S. side has cited scheduling reasons".

Mr Trump is due to travel to Paris on 11 November for commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, however, said Tuesday that the visit might still happen, the Guardian reports.

Trump was expected to visit Dublin and his Dooberg golf resort in County Clare during his now-in-question visit.

An advance party from the White House was due to visit Ireland in the coming weeks to plan the trip but that has been cancelled.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar invited Mr Trump to Ireland during a meeting at the St Patrick's Day celebrations in Washington in March. "As details are confirmed we will let you know", Sanders said.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Simon Conveney admitted the Irish government was "a little bit taken by surprise" when the announcement of the US President's visit was made.

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As with his trip to the United Kingdom earlier this summer, a number of groups, supporting left-wing and environmentalist causes, had revealed plans to protest. Other protests were planned in Dublin and other Irish cities.

The Irish Green Party, which had strongly opposed Mr Trump's visit, described the cancellation as "erratic".

Its not clear why the visit has been cancelled.

Mr. Trump was expected to face widespread protests in Ireland.

"We will always be firm friends of the American people, but Ireland will not welcome a man with Trump's record of discrimination, sexism and lies", he said.

Trump had been scheduled to stop in Ireland on his way back from commemorations of Armistice Day in France on November 11.

Trump was among the world leaders to congratulate Varadkar on becoming the country´s youngest ever and first openly homosexual leader after his election past year.

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