Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Donald Trump’s autumn visit to Ireland in doubt

Donald Trump’s autumn visit to Ireland in doubt

The US side has cited scheduling reasons for the visit being postponed.

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.

Press Secretary of the White house Sarah Sanders stated that the final decision about whether to stop the tramp in Ireland during a trip to Europe is still pending.

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

Last month the United States president announced his intention to come to Ireland taking the government by surprise.

"The President will go to Paris in November, as previously announced, and we still agree on whether Ireland stop on this trip".

Last week, Mr Varadkar said the news that Mr Trump was to visit Ireland "came a little bit out of the blue".

"We have so many people from Ireland in this country - I know so many of them, I feel like I know all of them", the president said.

RTE reports that Trump was expected to visit the golf course and capital city around the weekend of November 11 coinciding with a trip to Paris.

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

Donald Trump has reportedly cancelled a deliberate day out to Eire decrease than two weeks after it turned into announced by the White Residence.

Two Independent Alliance ministers - Finian McGrath and John Halligan - had also pledged to take part in any public demonstrations during the visit.

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

Ireland's opposition Green Party, which had opposed the trip, described the announcement and following cancellation as "erratic".

Brendan Howlin, leader of the Labour Party in the Republic, said Mr Trump was "no friend of democracy or human rights".

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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