Friday, 16 November, 2018

Donald Trump's visit to Ireland CANCELLED due to 'scheduling reasons'

Trump cancels visit to Ireland | TheHill Donald Trump cancels Ireland visit
Leonard Rios | 12 September, 2018, 10:54

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.

Trump had been expected to visit Dublin, the Irish capital, as well as a golf course he owns in Doonberg, County Clare on Ireland's west coast.

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

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

A spokesperson for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was earlier unable to confirm the story even after it was broken on Independent.ie.

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

The White House had said the Irish visit would "renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations".

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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.

A spokeswoman for the Irish government told CNN the United States had postponed the visit citing scheduling reasons on the USA side.

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

The trip to Ireland would be Trump's first to the country as President.

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

Varadkar took office as prime minister, or taoiseach, in June 2017, after winning the leadership of Ireland's ruling centre-right Fine Gael party.

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