US President Donald Trump's Ireland visit cancelled

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2018

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 president will travel to Paris in November as previously announced".

Donald Trump's plan to visit Ireland for the first time as USA president this November has been canceled for scheduling reasons, the Irish government announced on Tuesday.

Trump announced in August that he would travel to Ireland as part of a trip to attend the November 11 commemoration in Paris of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One while departing the White House in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

He last visited Doonbeg in May 2014 and was due to visit again a few months before the United States presidential election, in the summer of 2016, but later shelved the plan.

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Mr Varadkar has previously said that there is a standing invitation for any U.S. president to come to Ireland as many have in the past. "We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip", Sanders said.

He said the way Mr Trump's visit and expected cancellation played out has been "extraordinary".

A White House statement had said the Irish visit would "renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations". Other protests were planned in Dublin and other Irish cities. "These policies do not reflect the Irish people's values ― we need to show him and the world that this is not normal".

"I think the Government should put a bit of pressure on to get an ambassador at least identified", he said.

Mr Trump was originally invited to Ireland by former taoiseach Enda Kenny on his final St Patrick's Day visit to the White House previous year.

He also said it could be symptomatic of how Mr Trump operates, making decisions and undoing them quickly.

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