Donald Trump postpones visit to Ireland

Clay Curtis
September 14, 2018

"The US side has cited scheduling reasons", the office of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in a statement.

The White House announced on August 31 that Mr Trump will travel to Paris for a commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice which ended the fighting in the First World War.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later told reporters that no final decision had been made, suggesting the proposed visit could still yet happen.

The U.S. President had planned to visit Dublin, and his five-star West Clare resort, on November 12th and 13th. The delegation of the White house were to visit Ireland in the coming weeks to plan the trip, but her visit was canceled.

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 dueling accounts added to the confusion surrounding the presidential visit, whose announcement last month caught Irish officials by surprise and which was likely to draw angry protests.

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The Green Party had called on the Irish government to cancel the visit. "We hadn't known until just a couple of days ago that he was going to take the opportunity", he said.

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

From there, Trump was also planning to make the journey to Ireland to renew the deep and historic ties between the two nations.

The meeting would apparently be on the sidelines of the World War I Armistice Day ceremonies on November 11.

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.

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