Donald Trump's visit to Ireland in November cancelled

Clay Curtis
September 12, 2018

An Irish government spokesman told Reuters: "The proposed visit of the US President is postponed".

The planned visit of US President Donald Trump to Ireland in November has been cancelled.

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.

He was due to arrive in November for a brief visit, either on his way to or from a World War One commemoration event in Paris.

The Irish Independent reported that the president's entire European itinerary was under review, with the Irish part of it expected to be cancelled. Earlier this year Mr Varadkar said his United States counterpart was open to finding a solution but thus far none has been forthcoming, adding to the worries of the Irish community in the U.S. in the current climate. Other protests were planned in Dublin and other Irish cities.

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

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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 hadn't known until just a couple of days ago that he was going to take the opportunity", he said.

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

The tweet included a photo whose caption said "the invitation to Trump is unnecessary, unwelcome & unwise".

Had it gone ahead, the visit of the US President, who likes to constantly remind us that he has property in Ireland, was certain to be met with mass protests, with the appearance of the "Baby Trump" blimp among the projected highlights of what would doubtless have been a carnival of anti-Trump action. 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.

"An invitation was made, which is being considered", the Tass news agency quoted Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov as telling reporters. "This is all; the meeting is under consideration as there is still time left", he said.

This would have been the US President's first visit to Ireland since he assumed office in January 2017.

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