Donald Trump’s autumn visit to Ireland postponed

Lamar Ellis
September 12, 2018

He will be traveling to Paris to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Trump's visit was scheduled for November 12, a day after the Armistice Day celebration, and he was to spend a day in Dublin before visiting his golf course in Doonbeg on the Atlantic coast, the newspaper reports.

She said: "The President will travel to Paris in November as previously announced".

Just under two weeks after it was confirmed that Donald Trump would be visiting Ireland, it now appears that the trip is off.

As a cabinet minister, Mr Varadkar had opposed extending an invitation to Mr Trump before changing his mind when he became Prime Minister.

The Irish Labour Party had also expressed displeasure about a proposed visit by Mr. Trump.

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"We've got to work out on a programme and all the rest of it but I think any programme we will have will have to respect the fact that we will inaugurating our own President on the 11th of November".

According to Gavan Reilly, of Virgin Media News, 'U.S. officials in contact with Irish counterparts about planning it, say it won't go ahead'.

Mr Varadkar said there is a standing invitation for any U.S. president to come to Ireland and many have in the past. "Trump's values are not our values, and there should be no welcome mat laid out for a man of his world-view", the party said on its Twitter account earlier this month. "This is all; the meeting is under consideration as there is still time left", he said.

He said the way Mr Trump's visit and expected cancellation played out has been "extraordinary". Other protests were planned in Dublin and other Irish cities.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who as a cabinet minister opposed extending an invitation to Trump before changing his mind when he became prime minister, had described the trip as coming "a little bit out of the blue", but said the office of the US president must be respected.

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

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