Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Cancels Trip To Ireland

Trump Cancels Trip To Ireland

The White House announced in August that Mr. Trump would be visiting Ireland.

The visit has now been cancelled with his European trip reportedly under review.

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

During a regular press briefing, a spokeswoman for the State Department said she could not answer a question from U.S. press about the Irish visit.

The visit would have been Trump's first to Ireland since becoming president. "As details are confirmed, we will notify you about it", Sanders said. "We note the statement from Sarah Sanders".

But the White House did not immediately confirm the cancellation, saying it was still finalizing plans for Trump's November trip to Europe.

The President's trip, planned for November 12th after Armistice Day commemorations in France, will not now happen.

Trump had planned a trip to his resort in Doonbeg as well as meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D. Higgins.

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The Government had begun preparations for the visit after it was announced by the White House two weeks ago.

Mr Varadkar admitted at the time the president's decision to come to Ireland "came a little bit out of the blue".

"We will always be firm friends of the American people, but Ireland will not welcome a man with Trump's record of discrimination, sexism and lies", he said.

Preparations for street protests over the visit were already under way when it emerged Mr Trump has cancelled his trip.

"A number of government ministers, who are independents as it is a minority government, were planning to join the protests", the source said.

That summit, in Helsinki, led to widespread criticism that Trump was deferential to Putin and did not challenge him about Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Mr Martin said the whole episode had been "a very unedifying experience". "I think we have to treat his office with the respect it deserves".

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