Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump's visit to Ireland in November cancelled

Donald Trump's visit to Ireland in November cancelled

President Donald Trump's planned trip to Ireland in November is now in question after the Irish government announced its postponement Tuesday. "We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip", Sanders said.

Leo Varadkar confirmed the November visit was cancelled and said the "US side has cited scheduling reasons".

"Help us to do so if you abhor his policies on climate change, refugee migration, trade wars, military expansion, economic inequality and the whole gung-ho, misogynistic, racially divisive show".

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

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.

He said the Government hadn't been alerted that the visit was on in the first instance.

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.

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When the trip was announced, Ireland's Labour Party tweeted that Ireland is "an open and tolerant nation".

The U.S. President had planned to visit Dublin, and his five-star West Clare resort, on November 12th and 13th.

Mr Varadkar said there is a standing invitation for any U.S. president to come to Ireland and many have in the past.

The stopover was on his way home from Armistice Day commemorations in France on November 11.

"An invitation was made, which is being considered", the Tass news agency quoted Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov as telling reporters.

The meeting would be a follow-up to the stand-alone summit between Trump and Putin in July.

It was to be Mr Trump's first visit to Ireland since he assumed the office.

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